asperity

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Asperity — is defined as unevenness of surface, roughness, ruggedness (OED). Flat surfaces, even those polished to a mirror finish, are not truly flat on an atomic scale. They are rough, with sharp, rough or rugged outgrowth, termed asperities.When two… …

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  • 3 asperity — index rigor, severity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 asperity — c.1200, asprete hardship, harshness of feelings, a figurative use, from O.Fr. asperité difficulty, painful situation, harsh treatment (12c., Mod.Fr. ápreté), from L. asperitatem (nom. asperitas) roughness, from asper rough, harsh, of unknown… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 asperity — *acrimony, acerbity Analogous words: sharpness, keenness (see corresponding adjectives at SHARP): causticity, mordancy (see corresponding adjectives at CAUSTIC): snappishness, waspishness, irritability (see corresponding adjectives at IRRITABLE)… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 asperity — [n] harshness; bad temper acerbity, acrimony, bitterness, churlishness, crabbiness, crossness, difficulty, disagreeableness, irascibility, irritability, meanness, moroseness, peevishness, roughness, sharpness, sourness, sullenness, tartness;… …

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  • 7 asperity — ► NOUN (pl. asperities) 1) harshness of tone or manner. 2) a rough edge on a surface. ORIGIN Latin asperitas, from asper rough …

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  • 8 asperity — [ə sper′ə tē] n. pl. asperities [ME & OFr asprete < L asperitas, roughness < asper, rough < IE * apo spero , repellent < base * apo , away + * sper , to flick away, push] 1. roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc.… …

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  • 9 asperity — noun a) Roughness as of stone or weather. Asperity of Maines winter b) Something that is harsh and hard to endure. Go, ribald, get you henceTo your cabin with celerity.This is the consequenceOf ill advised asperity! …

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  • 10 asperity — [[t]æspe̱rɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft with N If you say something with asperity, you say it impatiently and severely. [FORMAL] I told you Preskel had no idea, remarked Kemp with some asperity. Syn: sharpness …

    English dictionary

  • 11 asperity — noun (plural ties) Etymology: Middle English asprete, from Anglo French aspreté, from aspre rough, from Latin asper, from Old Latin *absperos, from ab ab + speros; akin to Sanskrit apasphura repelling, Latin spernere to spurn more at spurn Date:… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 asperity — /euh sper i tee/, n., pl. asperities. 1. harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony: The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity. 2. hardship; difficulty; rigor: the asperities of polar weather. 3. roughness of …

    Universalium

  • 13 asperity — as|per|i|ty [æˈsperıti, ə ] n [U] formal [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: aspreté, from aspre rough ] if you speak with asperity, you say something in a way that is rough or severe, showing that you are feeling impatient …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 asperity — noun (C, U) (formal) a way of speaking or behaving that is rough or severe: the asperity of her manner …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 asperity — noun he replied with some asperity in his tone Syn: harshness, sharpness, abrasiveness, roughness, severity, acerbity, astringency, tartness, sarcasm …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 16 asperity — UK [æˈsperətɪ] / US noun [uncountable] formal the quality of sounding annoyed and impatient when saying something She answered our questions with a touch of asperity …

    English dictionary

  • 17 asperity — roughness or pricklyness …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 18 asperity — n.; pl. ties [L. asperare, to roughen] 1. Roughness of surface. 2. (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) Spinelike structures arranged in rows or confined to specific areas; sculpturings or dotlike elevations …

    Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • 19 asperity — Synonyms and related words: acerbity, acid, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, anger, animosity, astringency, austerity, bad humor, bad temper, bile, biliousness, bitingness, bitter resentment, bitterness, bitterness of spirit …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 asperity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. harshness, severity. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Acrimony] Syn. bitterness, sharpness, ill temper; see roughness 2 , rudeness . 2. [Hardship] Syn. rigor, severity, difficulty; see difficulty 1 , 2 , rigor …

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