Definition of asperity in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈsperədē/

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.
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.


Middle English (in the sense 'hardship, rigor'): 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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Syllabification: as·per·i·ty

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