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  • n. Plural form of asperity.


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  • He subjects a broad array of current and classical source imagery to processes that merge the visual asperities of inkjet photo-transfers and the archaic allure of gold and silver leaf.

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  • It must be fun writing for Prickly Pete, whose just full of fine asperities such as the “frog-like mouth flapping” of Mr. Price and dismissing his rival as "Kenny and his haircut."

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  • Instead, he said, we "consider the acquiring of property to soften the asperities of sickness, of age, and for the benefit of our posterity, as one of the greatest incentives to industry."

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  • Then, though there may exist some general rules to soften the asperities of marriage, there are none by which they can be accurately foreseen and evaded.

    A Marriage Contract

  • You will suffer when you find so many asperities in a nature which, from

    Modeste Mignon

  • This encounter was so highly agreeable to Miss Fanny, and gave her so much to think of with triumph afterwards, that it softened her asperities exceedingly.

    Little Dorrit

  • It was fortunate for her that the possession of money occasioned him so much employment next day in the way of eating and drinking; and withal had so beneficial an effect in smoothing down the asperities of his temper; that he had neither time nor inclination to be very critical upon her behaviour and deportment.

    Oliver Twist

  • Our two characters have kept their natural asperities and defects, but the mutual comprehension of our souls has tightened the bond already close between us.

    The Imaginary Mistress

  • So this education, and the consequent asperities of character, which would have been softened down in a higher social sphere, could only serve to make her ridiculous at Angouleme so soon as her adorers should cease to worship eccentricities that charm only in youth.

    Two Poets

  • The flowers of the privet and crocus bring those that have drunk freely into a gentle sleep; for they send forth a smooth and gentle effluvia, which softly takes off all asperities that arise in the body of the drunken; and so all things being quiet and composed, the violence on the noxious humor is abated and thrown off.



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