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asperity

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1 a harsh or sharp quality
  • doesn't like the asperity of most experimental music

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3 something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal
  • as a physically challenged person, he has encountered more than his share of asperities on the road to success

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“Asperity.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/asperity. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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