noun, plural as·per·i·ties.
Origin of asperity
Examples from the Web for asperity
He looked at the president when the president spoke, and his expression revealed no asperity or disdain.
"Decima is sure to be at some work or other for Jan," was the answer, the asperity of Lady Verner's tone not decreasing.Verner's Pride|Mrs. Henry Wood
This consciousness mingled an ingredient of asperity with their genuine pity for May.Quisant|Anthony Hope
"It is unseemly to go about on a night like this without a lantern," he said with asperity.Helmet of Navarre|Bertha Runkle
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for asperity
c.1200, asprete "hardship, harshness of feelings," a figurative use, from Old French asperité "difficulty, painful situation, harsh treatment" (12c., Modern French âpreté), from Latin asperitatem (nominative asperitas) "roughness," from asper "rough, harsh," of unknown origin; in Latin used also of sour wine, bad weather, and hard times. Figurative meaning "harshness of feeling" attested from early 15c.