Definition of Asperity

1. Noun. Something hard to endure. "The asperity of northern winters"

Exact synonyms: Grimness, Hardship, Rigor, Rigorousness, Rigour, Rigourousness, Severeness, Severity
Generic synonyms: Difficultness, Difficulty
Specialized synonyms: Sternness
Derivative terms: Grim, Severe

2. Noun. Harshness of manner.
Exact synonyms: Sharpness
Generic synonyms: Ill Nature
Antonyms: Dullness
Derivative terms: Sharp

Definition of Asperity

1. n. Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness.

Definition of Asperity

1. Noun. Roughness as of stone or weather. ¹

2. Noun. Harshness, as of temper. ¹

3. Noun. Something that is harsh and difficult to endure. ¹

4. Noun. (geology) A part of a geological fault line that does not move. ¹

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Definition of Asperity

1. acrimony [n -TIES] - See also: acrimony

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Literary usage of Asperity

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Biographical and Critical Essays: Reprinted from Reviews, with Additions and by Abraham Hayward (1873)
"... have little in common, except the asperity; and asperity was an ingredient seldom wanting either in the writings or speeches of Francis. ..."

2. The Greville Memoirs: A Journal of the Reigns of King George IV., King by Charles Greville (1902)
"... Policy—Conciliatory Propositions fail—Attitude of Austria—asperity of Lord Palmerston —Operations in Syria—Success of Lord Palmerston and his Policy— ..."

3. The Works of Daniel Webster by Daniel Webster (1890)
"... with increased asperity. — Mr. Webster's Great Speech. — Its Threefold Object. — Description of the Manner of Mr. Webster in the Delivery of this Speech ..."

4. James Mill: A Biography by Alexander Bain (1882)
"All Mill's friends that I have ever conversed with, regretted the asperity of his language towards Mackintosh. John Mill wouk have probably reprinted the ..."

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