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.
See asperity in Webster's New World College Dictionary
noun pl. asperities
Origin: ME & OFr asprete < L asperitas, roughness < asper, rough < IE *apo-spero-, repellent < base *apo-, away + *sper-, to flick away, push
See asperity in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. as·per·i·ties
Origin: Middle English asperite
Origin: , from Old French asprete
Origin: , from Latin asperitās
Origin: , from asper, rough.
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