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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Asperity \As*per"i*ty\, n.; pl. Asperities. [L. asperitas, fr. asper rough: cf. F. asp['e]rit['e].] 1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; -- opposed to smoothness. "The asperities of dry bodies." --Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. Roughness or harshness of sound; that quality which grates upon the ear; raucity. [1913 Webster] 3. Roughness to the taste; sourness; tartness. [1913 Webster] 4. Moral roughness; roughness of manner; severity; crabbedness; harshness; -- opposed to mildness. "Asperity of character." --Landor. [1913 Webster] It is no very cynical asperity not to confess obligations where no benefit has been received. --Johnson. [1913 Webster] 5. Sharpness; disagreeableness; difficulty. [1913 Webster] The acclivities and asperities of duty. --Barrow. [1913 Webster] Syn: Acrimony; moroseness; crabbedness; harshness; sourness; tartness. See Acrimony. [1913 Webster]