Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Rough to the touch; uneven; harsh; severe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Rough; uneven.

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  • adjective rough, rugged, uneven
  • adjective bitter, cruel, severe

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Examples

  • A second past she had filled with spring this office damp with autumn; now she made it more asperous and grey than had

    The Judge

  • Consider whereabout thou art in Cebes 'table, or that old philosophical pinax of the life of man: whether thou art yet in the road of uncertainties; whether thou hast yet entered the narrow gate, got up the hill and asperous way which leadeth unto the house of sanity; or taken that purifying potion from the hand of sincere erudition, which may send thee clear and pure away unto a virtuous and happy life.'

    Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici' an Appreciation

  • The North has only to be patient, and you, sir, can still afford to be insolent to the Government, and asperous, as ever, to all vulgar inquisitors.

    The Southern Spy. Letters on the Policy and Inauguration of the Lincoln War. Written Anonymously in Washington and Elsewhere.

  • He perpetually travelled, by land, on foot, even in Japan, where the ways are asperous, and almost impassible; and often walked, with naked feet, in the greatest severity of winter.

    The Works of John Dryden

  • He perpetually travelled, by land, on foot, even in Japan, where the ways are asperous, and almost impassible; and often walked, with naked feet, in the greatest severity of winter.

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  • My Señora prefers a Duero wine, which I fine just a tad asperous with an aftertaste that reminds me of olives.

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  • Dried the face, gave asperous patches on the abandon of my cheeks.

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  • Consider whereabout thou art in Cebes's [25] table, or that old philosophical pinax [26] of the life of man: whether thou art yet in the road of uncertainties; whether thou hast yet entred the narrow gate, got up the hill and asperous way, which leadeth unto the house of sanity; or taken that purifying potion from the hand of sincere erudition, which may send thee clear and pure away unto a virtuous and happy life.

    Christian Morals

  • Consider whereabouts thou art in Cebe’s14 table, or that old philosophical pinax15 of the life of man; whether thou art still in the road of uncertainties; whether thou hast yet entered the narrow gate, got up the hill and asperous way which leadeth unto the house of sanity; or taken that purifying potion from the hand of sincere erudition, which may send thee clear and pure away unto a virtuous and happy life.

    Letter to a Friend

  • Consider whereabouts thou art in Cebe's [III. 14] table, or that old philosophical pinax [III. 15] of the life of man; whether thou art still in the road of uncertainties; whether thou hast yet entered the narrow gate, got up the hill and asperous way which leadeth unto the house of sanity; or taken that purifying potion from the hand of sincere erudition, which may send thee clear and pure away unto a virtuous and happy life.

    Religio Medici, Hydriotaphia, and the Letter to a Friend

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  • adj: rough, uneven.

    July 24, 2008

  • Her head fell forward. Her gown dropped from her outstretched hands, which she pressed against her bosom. A second past she had filled with spring this office damp with autumn; now she made it more asperous and grey than had November, for her season had changed to the extremest winter.

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009

  • asperate

    February 19, 2011