from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate: the asperity of northern winters.
- n. Severity; rigor.
- n. A slight projection from a surface; a point or bump.
- n. Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Roughness as of stone or weather.
- n. Harshness, as of temper.
- n. Something that is harsh and difficult to endure.
- n. A part of a geological fault line that does not move.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to
- n. Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
- n. Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.
- n. Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to
- n. Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Roughness of surface; unevenness: opposed to smoothness.
- n. Roughness of sound; harshness of pronunciation.
- n. Harshness of taste; sourness.
- n. Roughness or ruggedness of temper; crabbedness; bitterness; severity: as, to chide one with asperity; “asperity of character,” Landor.
- n. Disagreeableness; unpleasantness; difficulty: as, “the acclivities and asperities of duty,” Barrow, Sermons, III. xlii.
- n. Synonyms Acrimony, Harshness, etc. See acrimony.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. harshness of manner
- n. something hard to endure
Middle English asperite, from Old French asprete, from Latin asperitās, from asper, rough.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French asprete, from Latin asperitatem, from asper ("rough"). (Wiktionary)