Definition of asperity in English:

asperity

Syllabification: as·per·i·ty
Pronunciation: /əˈsperitē
 
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noun (plural asperities)

  • 1Harshness of tone or manner: he pointed this out with some asperity
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    • "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.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (asperities) Harsh qualities or conditions: the asperities of a harsh and divided society
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    • 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 surfaces
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    • 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.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'hardship, rigor'): from Old French asperite, or Latin asperitas, from asper 'rough'.

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