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What does "Asperity" mean?


(n.) Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness (n.) Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness (n.) Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity (n.) Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness (n.) Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty

Synonyms rigor, hardship, severity, rigour, sharpness, grimness, rigorousness

Example: "The asperity of northern winters"

Word Family asperities