As*per"i*ty (#), n.; pl. Asperities (#). [L. asperitas, fr. asper rough: cf. F. asp'erit'e.]
Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness.
of dry bodies."
Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.
Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness.
It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received.
Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty.
The acclivities and asperities of duty.
Syn. -- Acrimony; moroseness; crabbedness; harshness; sourness; tartness. See Acrimony.
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