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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM
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asperity

(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.
Mehrdad77
Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 1:45:50 AM

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asperity (n.)
c. 1200, asprete "hardship," from Old French asperité "difficulty, painful situation, harsh treatment" (12c., Modern French âpreté), a figurative use, from Latin asperitatem (nominative asperitas) "roughness," from asper "rough, harsh," which is of unknown origin. The Latin adjective was used also of sour wine, bad weather, and hard times. Figurative meaning "harshness of feeling" in English is attested from 1660s; literal sense of "roughness of surface" is from early 15c.
Mehrdad77
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Asperity is the harsh tone or behavior people exhibit when they’re angry, impatient, or just miserable. Did your supervisor snap “Late again!” when you showed up 20 minutes after your shift was supposed to start? She's speaking with asperity.
Mehrdad77
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The harshness that asperity implies can also apply to conditions, like "the asperities of life in a bomb shelter." The word can be used even more literally to refer to surfaces, as in "the asperity of an unfinished edge." But, most often, you will see asperity used in reference to grumpy voices or irritable behavior.

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Adyl Mouhei
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"The animadversions of critics are commonly such as may easily provoke the sedatest writer to some quickness of resentment and asperity of reply."


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