V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. harshness or severity in manner or tone; 2. something difficult to endure

Synonyms: harshness, sharpness, bitterness, acrimony, severity, stringency, hardship, difficulty, roughness

Antonyms: mildness, gentleness

Tips: Asperity is derived from the Latin esper, "rough." Asperity can be used to refer to both the actions and manner of a person, as well as the actual roughness of a physical surface. Asperity is similar to abrasive (rough, harsh) in both its literal and figurative use. Abrasive is an adjective used to describe something or someone that is harsh, while asperity is a noun meaning "harshness." "The abrasive (rough, harsh) man was known for his asperity (harshness) and mean spirit."

Usage Examples:

Cliff's asperity toward others made Jim afraid to ask him for help. (bitterness, harshness)

Bankruptcy and our subsequent financial problems were asperities I hope our company will never have to endure again. (hardships)

The woman was once known for her kindness, but many troubles had changed her demeanor to one of insensitivity and asperity. (harshness, bitterness)

The military commander treated his new recruits with asperity, offering no sympathy or fatherliness. (severity, harshness)

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