noun (plural asperities)[mass noun]
- 1Harshness of tone or manner: he pointed this out with some asperityMore example sentences
- ‘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 societyMore example sentences
- 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'.