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asperity


  2  definitions  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  asperity 
  n  1:  something  hard  to  endure;  "the  asperity  of  northern  winters" 
  [syn:  {grimness},  {hardship},  {rigor},  {rigour},  {severity}, 
  {rigorousness}] 
  2:  harshness  of  manner  [syn:  {sharpness}]  [ant:  {dullness}] 




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