Meaning of asperity

as•per•i•ty

Pronunciation: (u-sper'i-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. harshness or sharpness of tone, temper, or manner; severity; acrimony: The cause of her anger did not warrant such asperity.
  2. hardship; difficulty; rigor: the asperities of polar weather.
  3. roughness of surface; unevenness.
  4. something rough or harsh.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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