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 Dictionary entry overview: What does asperity mean? 

  The noun ASPERITY has 2 senses:

1. something hard to endure
2. harshness of manner

  Familiarity information: ASPERITY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1asperity [BACK TO TOP]


Something hard to endure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


rigourousness; rigorousness; rigor; asperity; hardship; grimness; rigour; severeness; severity

Context example:

the asperity of northern winters

Hypernyms ("asperity" is a kind of...):

difficultness; difficulty (the quality of being difficult)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "asperity"):

sternness (the quality (as of scenery) being grim and gloomy and forbidding)

Sense 2asperity [BACK TO TOP]


Harshness of manner

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


asperity; sharpness

Hypernyms ("asperity" is a kind of...):

ill nature (a disagreeable, irritable, or malevolent disposition)

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