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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 as·per·i·ty /æˈspɛrəti, ə-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·per·i·ty n.; pl. Asperities
 1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness. “The asperities of dry bodies.”
 2. Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
 3. Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.
 4. Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. Asperity of character.”
    It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received.   --Johnson.
 5. Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.
    The acclivities and asperities of duty.   --Barrow.
 Syn: -- Acrimony; moroseness; crabbedness; harshness; sourness; tartness. See Acrimony.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: something hard to endure; "the asperity of northern winters"
           [syn: grimness, hardship, rigor, rigour, severity,
      2: harshness of manner [syn: sharpness] [ant: dullness]