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  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asperity  \As*per"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Asperities}.  [L.  asperitas  fr 
  asper  rough:  cf  F.  asp['e]rit['e].] 
  1.  Roughness  of  surface;  unevenness;  --  opposed  to 
  {smoothness}.  ``The  asperities  of  dry  bodies.''  --Boyle. 
 
  2.  Roughness  or  harshness  of  sound;  that  quality  which  grates 
  upon  the  ear;  raucity. 
 
  3.  Roughness  to  the  taste;  sourness;  tartness. 
 
  4.  Moral  roughness;  roughness  of  manner;  severity; 
  crabbedness;  harshness;  --  opposed  to  {mildness}. 
  ``Asperity  of  character.''  --Landor. 
 
  It  is  no  very  cynical  asperity  not  to  confess 
  obligations  where  no  benefit  has  been  received. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  5.  Sharpness;  disagreeableness;  difficulty. 
 
  The  acclivities  and  asperities  of  duty.  --Barrow. 
 
  Syn:  Acrimony;  moroseness;  crabbedness;  harshness;  sourness; 
  tartness.  See  {Acrimony}. 




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