Asperity is defined as a way of speaking or behaving that is harsh or irritable.noun
An example of an asperity is a tone of voice a teenage might take when mad.
The definition of asperity is a difficult or demanding situation.noun
An example of an asperity is living in poverty.
Asperity means something that is rough or harsh.noun
An example of an asperity is a wood surface that has not been sanded.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
noun pl. asperities
- roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances
- harshness or sharpness of temper
Origin: ME & OFr asprete < L asperitas, roughness < asper, rough < IE *apo-spero-, repellent < base *apo-, away + *sper-, to flick away, push
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noun pl. as·per·i·ties
- a. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate: the asperity of northern winters.b. Severity; rigor.
- A slight projection from a surface; a point or bump.
- Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
Origin: Middle English asperite, from Old French asprete, from Latin asperitās, from asper, rough.