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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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(noun) Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.

Synonyms: sharpness

Usage: Mr. Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant.
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 5:46:54 AM

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A certain customer comes into our store daily for his lottery tickets. He seemingly cannot pronounce the word, "please." "Thank you" is so foreign to him, that it seems almost like a second language. Smiling is completely foreign to him. He is all business and hostility. He, of all the customers who frequent our store, is wracked with asperity of the highest order!

Be the change you wish to see in the world!-Gandhi
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:04:33 AM

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After all these years of thinking I had a pretty good grasp of the English language I've come up against a word that I thought I knew, but didn't. I always thought 'asperity' was similar to exasperation. Am I confusing it with a similar word or have I just got the wrong end of the stick?
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 8:29:38 AM

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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 11:09:03 AM

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Earthquake Glossary - asperity

An asperity is an area on a fault that is stuck. The earthquake rupture usually begins at an asperity.
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:08:01 PM

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1: a characteristic making for hardship : rigor, severity

<the path of beauty is not soft and smooth, but full of harshness and asperity — Havelock Ellis>

2a (1) : roughness of surface (as of a leaf) : unevenness (2) as·per·i·ties plural : rough places : excrescences

<ultramicroscopic asperities … upon the solid surface — J. W. McBain>

b obsolete : roughness to the taste : sourness, tartness

c : roughness or harshness of sound : raucousness

<the elderly ladies in his audience had been shocked by the asperities of the new style in music — Aaron Copland>

3: a characteristic making for bitterness : roughness of manner or of temper

<he repented of his asperity, however, when he saw Shiloh droop his head and wither visibly into sadness — Elinor Wylie>
<it caused him a passing asperity to observe her lay places for three — A. J. Cronin>
<the portrait … on the wall, whose painted eyes, it seemed, were now inhumanly surveying them … with some little asperity — Walter de la Mare>
<a little asperity was in her voice — George Meredith>

Origin of ASPERITY

alteration (influenced by Middle French asperité —from Latin asperitat-, asperitas, from asper rough + -itat-, -itas -ity—or by Latin asperitas) of Middle English asprete, from Old French aspreté, from aspre rough (from Latin asper) + -té -ty

First Known Use: 13th century (sense 1)


acerbity, acidity, acidness, acridity, acridness, acrimoniousness, acrimony, acuteness, edge, bite, bitterness, harshness, keenness, poignance, poignancy, pungency, roughness, sharpness, tartness


mildness, softness

Related Words:

ginger, punch, spice, tang; raucousness, severeness, severity, shrillness, virulence, vitriol; cattiness, maliciousness; pointedness, thorniness

Near Antonyms:

gentleness, kindliness
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:20:56 PM

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Would that with the shadows of this dawn my grief might vanish ... and you may rightly tell me with asperity of last night no token but a dream be left behind. But is it so strange a thing for a lady to be admired? Tell me my friend Nikki.

über laboratorium dauernd zur Naturtreue
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 12:56:55 PM
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"I say asperity with clarity
you bump me to disparity
so often it's not a rarity
even when I'm using dexterity."
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 4:56:45 PM

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I wonder if asperity comes of loneliness or vice versa.

"O mâhîler ki deryâ içredür deryâyı bilmezler" - Hayâlî
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Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 10:13:19 PM

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His asperity made me stay clear from him until his attitude changed.
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