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Definition of asperity:

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

Synonyms:

hardness, adversity, roughness, edge, vitriol, heavy sledding, rigorousness, rigor, acidity, sourness, easy, acridity, raciness, badness, keenness, inclemency, bite, bitterness, ghastliness, validity, austereness, poignancy, mordancy, pungency, resentment, grimness, mood, malignity, acrimony, acuteness, acerbity, roughness, acridness, bile, causticity, virulence, sharpness, outrage, rigour, unkindness, acuity, virulency, hardship, luridness, corrosiveness, rage, difficulty, hard knocks, temper, annoyance, stiffness, vicissitude, difficulty, gruesomeness, acrimoniousness, anger, cattiness, moroseness, cogency, rudeness, ill temper, rigourousness, severeness, harshness, poignance, tartness, acidness, fury, irritation, severity, distinctness.

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