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Definition of asperity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [uncountable] (formal)
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  1. 1the fact of being rough or severe, especially in the way you speak to or treat someone synonym
  2. 2 She pointed out, with some asperity, that it had all been my fault. There was a touch of asperity in his tone.
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