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asperity

as·per·i·ty

asperity

 
 
pronunciation:
spe rih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: asperities
definition: harshness or roughness, esp. of tone or manner.
He was bothered less by her criticism than by the asperity with which it was delivered.
synonyms:
acerbity, harshness
antonyms:
amenity, gentleness
similar words:
acrimony, astringency, causticity, corrosiveness, mordancy, roughness, severity, sharpness
Word Parts
The word asperity contains the following parts:
asper Latin root that means rough
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-ty, -ity, -uity, -eity Latin noun-forming suffix that means state or quality of being