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Meaning of ASPERITY

Pronunciation:  u'speritee

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  1. [n]  harshness of manner
  2. [n]  something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"

ASPERITY is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: grimness, hardship, rigor, rigorousness, rigour, severity, sharpness
 Antonyms: bluntness, dullness, dulness
 See Also: difficultness, difficulty, ill nature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\As*per"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Asperities}. [L. asperitas, fr.
asper rough: cf. F. asp['e]rit['e].]
1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to
   {smoothness}. ``The asperities of dry bodies.'' --Boyle.

2. Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates
   upon the ear; raucity.

3. Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.

4. Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity;
   crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to {mildness}.
   ``Asperity of character.'' --Landor.

         It is no very cynical asperity not to confess
         obligations where no benefit has been received.

5. Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.

         The acclivities and asperities of duty. --Barrow.

Syn: Acrimony; moroseness; crabbedness; harshness; sourness;
     tartness. See {Acrimony}.

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