- 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.
asperity definition by Webster's New World
- roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances
- harshness or sharpness of temper
Origin: Middle English and amp; 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 plush an unverified form sper-, to flick away, push
asperity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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.