Asperities
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. [1913 Webster]

2. Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity. [1913 Webster]

3. Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness. [1913 Webster]

4. Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to {mildness}. ``Asperity of character.'' --Landor. [1913 Webster]

It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

5. Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty. [1913 Webster]

The acclivities and asperities of duty. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Acrimony; moroseness; crabbedness; harshness; sourness; tartness. See {Acrimony}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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