What does asperity mean?

asperity meaning in General Dictionary

Roughness of surface unevenness opposed to smoothness

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  • one thing challenging withstand
  • harshness of fashion
  • Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- in opposition to smoothness.
  • Roughness or harshness of noise; that high quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
  • Roughness to your flavor; sourness; tartness.
  • Moral roughness; roughness of fashion; seriousness; crabbedness; harshness; -- in opposition to mildness.
  • Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.

asperity meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, asprete "hardship, harshness of feelings," a figurative use, from Old French asperit


asperity meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- against smoothness.

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  • (n.) Roughness or harshness of noise; that high quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
  • (letter.) Roughness towards the flavor; sourness; tartness.
  • (n.) Moral roughness; roughness of way; seriousness; crabbedness; harshness; -- in opposition to mildness.
  • (n.) Sharpness; disagreeableness; trouble.

Sentence Examples with the word asperity

His policy had aroused German jealousy, which became evident in the asperity with which the question of Morocco was handled in Berlin.

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