asperity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n asperity harshness of manner
    • n asperity something hard to endure "the asperity of northern winters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Asperity Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character.""It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received."
    • Asperity Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness. "The asperities of dry bodies."
    • Asperity Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity.
    • Asperity Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness.
    • Asperity Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty. "The acclivities and asperities of duty."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asperity Roughness of surface; unevenness: opposed to smoothness.
    • n asperity Roughness of sound; harshness of pronunciation.
    • n asperity Harshness of taste; sourness.
    • n asperity Roughness or ruggedness of temper; crabbedness; bitterness; severity: as, to chide one with asperity; “asperity of character,” Landor.
    • n asperity Disagreeableness; unpleasantness; difficulty: as, “the acclivities and asperities of duty,” Barrow, Sermons, III. xlii.
    • n asperity Synonyms Acrimony, Harshness, etc. See acrimony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asperity as-per′i-ti roughness: harshness: bitter coldness.
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Quotations

  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness. Those who appear gentle are, in general, only a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. asperitas, fr. asper, rough: cf. F. aspérité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. asperitat-em, asper, rough.

Usage

In literature:

Mrs. Rickman hoped (not without a touch of asperity) that Keith would lose no time in coming, as his father seemed so uneasy in his mind.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Keith was so absorbed that he did not answer immediately, and the agent repeated the question with a little asperity in his tone.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
We began by a path which led to the top of a cliff, then followed its asperities and valleys and continued around the whole island.
"Over Strand and Field" by Gustave Flaubert
No; we must expect a collision, full of sharp asperities and bitterness.
"William Lloyd Garrison" by Archibald H. Grimke
When Dudley and Eugenia were in the carriage she held herself erect and attacked him with asperity.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
Their anger found vent in terms of unpardonable asperity.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
The sudden eruption startled us all, and Berry dwelt with some asperity upon the danger of distracting the digestive organs while at work.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Irons put her down with asperity.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
What rounded off his natural asperities, and moulded up his virtues?
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
From this she descended to some degree of asperity.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
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In poetry:

Pause and ponder: who could write
A triolet or roundelay
While a Megatherium yawped all night
And a Hesperornis yamped all day,
While now and again the bray sonorous
Of Glyptodon Asper swelled the chorus?
"Extinct Monsters" by Eugene Field

In news:

Michelle and Mark Asper with baby Maci.
Jefferson, Mark Asper to roster.
Jefferson for undisclosed draft pick compensation and the claiming of Bills offensive lineman Mark Asper off waivers.
Oregon offensive lineman Mark Asper talks about a crazy week and finally winning the big one.
View full size AP Photo/Mark J Terrill Oregon QB Darron Thomas (center) celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass as Oregon offensive linesman Mark Asper (left) and USC linebacker Shane Horton look on.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews speaks at the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg's Rally for Israel at the Asper Jewish Community Campus gym Sunday afternoon.
HANDOUT PHOTO Eryn Kirshenbaum presents a cheque to Gail Asper Wednesday.
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In science:

Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au Andrea Fortini1 ,∗ Mikhail I.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
We employ molecular dynamics simulations to bring two surfaces together; one flat and the other with a single asperity.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
We compare the process of asperity contact formation and breaking in Au and Ru, two materials currently in use in micro electro mechanical system switches.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulation is a powerful tool for studying adhesion, defect formation and deformation on the nano-scale level (that of asperities in MEMS contacts).
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
We implement this potential in our molecular dynamics simulations of asperity contact and separation.
Asperity contacts at the nanoscale: comparison of Ru and Au
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