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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-sper-i-tee]
    • /əˈspɛr ɪ ti/
    • /əˈsper.ɪ.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-sper-i-tee]
    • /əˈspɛr ɪ ti/

Definitions of asperity word

  • uncountable noun asperity If you say something with asperity, you say it impatiently and severely. 3
  • noun asperity roughness or sharpness of temper 3
  • noun asperity roughness or harshness of a surface, sound, taste, etc 3
  • noun asperity a condition hard to endure; affliction 3
  • noun asperity the elastically compressed region of contact between two surfaces caused by the normal force 3
  • noun asperity roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, weather, etc. or of circumstances 3

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Origin of asperity

First appearance:

before 1200
One of the 9% oldest English words
1200-50; late Middle English asperite (< Anglo-French) < Latin asperitās, equivalent to asper rough + -itās -ity; replacing Middle English asprete < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin

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Parts of speech for Asperity


asperity popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 74% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

asperity usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for asperity

noun asperity

  • irritability — the quality or state of being irritable.
  • acrimony — Acrimony is bitter and angry words or quarrels.
  • sullenness — showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
  • tartness — sharp to the taste; sour or acid: Tart apples are best for pie. Synonyms: astringent, acrid, piquant. Antonyms: sweet, sugary, bland, mellow.
  • sharpness — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.

Antonyms for asperity

noun asperity

  • contentment — Contentment is a feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction.
  • calmness — without rough motion; still or nearly still: a calm sea.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.
  • mildness — amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
  • courtesy — Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others.

Top questions with asperity

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