as·per·i·ty /æˈspɛrəti, ə-/
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.
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]