- Asperity is defined as a way of speaking or behaving that is harsh or irritable.
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.
An example of an asperity is living in poverty.
- Asperity means something that is rough or harsh.
An example of an asperity is a wood surface that has not been sanded.
- roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances
- harshness or sharpness of temper
Origin of asperityMiddle English and Old French asprete from Classical Latin asperitas, roughness from asper, rough from Indo-European an unverified form apo-spero-, repellent from base an unverified form apo-, away + an unverified form sper-, to flick away, push
- 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 of asperityMiddle English asperite from Old French asprete from Latin asperitās from asper rough