Definition of asperity in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈspɛrɪti/

noun (plural asperities)

[mass noun]
1Harshness of tone or manner: he pointed this out with some asperity
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  • ‘Yes, there were lots of things in there,’ she says, with a hint of asperity.
  • To which she is likely to respond with a touch of asperity: ‘That is the wrong question.’
  • In another post Keith spoke with some asperity about ‘dolts’ who don't think much about the world around them and know little of politics.
1.1 (asperities) Harsh qualities or conditions: the asperities of a harsh and divided society
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  • And he looked forward to the day when ‘the asperities and peculiarities of their character ‘would be worn away and they would become ‘liberal Unitarian Christians.’
  • By frequent collision asperities were worn off, and a foundation was laid for the establishment of a nation, out of discordant materials.
  • This can be explained by the existence of a microfracture dilatancy zone at the level of this sample, causing relatively large fracture asperities reflected by pore throats at 85, 25 and 7 m.


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

Words that rhyme with asperity

ambidexterity, austerity, celerity, dexterity, ferrety, posterity, prosperity, severity, sincerity, temerity, verity

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