noun (plural asperities)
- 1Harshness of tone or manner: he pointed this out with some asperityMore example sentences
- "Even Lizzie could have married him," said Mr Bennet with some asperity.
- "I did not avoid the engagement out of spite," said Emily with some asperity.
- "We seemed incapable of venturing out onto those expansive grounds without encountering one another," She said with some asperity.
- 1.1 (asperities) Harsh qualities or conditions: the asperities of a harsh and divided societyMore example sentences
- In the Georgian conflict, as in the more subtle variants of energy diplomacy, Russians have shown a harshly utilitarian asperity in connecting means and ends.
- If the music has an added asperity, Soviet experience was a hard teacher.
- We became acquainted with each other, and made many lasting personal friendships, which do much to soften the asperities of future newspaper battles.
- 1.2 (usually asperities) A rough edge on a surface: the asperities of the metal surfacesMore example sentences
- At least some of the pressure sensors have a pad asperity provided thereon.
- A disc drive data recovery system for recovering data from a magnetic disc having asperities provided.
- The fracture zones appear to extend beneath the Caribbean plate and act as asperities marked by the higher-than-average of incidence of earthquakes.
Middle English (in the sense 'hardship, rigor'): from Old French asperite, or Latin asperitas, from asper 'rough'.