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asperity

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noun as·per·i·ty \a-ˈsper-ə-tē, ə-, -ˈspe-rə-\

Simple Definition of asperity

  • : harshness of behavior or speech that expresses bitterness or anger

Full Definition of asperity

plural as·per·i·ties

  1. 1 :  rigor, severity

  2. 2 a :  roughness of surface :  unevenness; also :  a tiny projection from a surface b :  roughness of sound

  3. 3 :  roughness of manner or of temper :  harshness <asked with some asperity just what they were implying>

Examples of asperity

  1. <doesn't like the asperity of most experimental music>

  2. <she responded with such asperity that we knew she was deeply offended by the question>



Origin of asperity

Middle English asprete, from Anglo-French aspreté, from aspre rough, from Latin asper, from Old Latin *absperos, from ab- ab- + -speros; akin to Sanskrit apasphura repelling, Latin spernere to spurn — more at spurn


First Known Use: 13th century



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