American Dictionary of the English Language

Dictionary Search


ASPER'ITY, noun [Latin asperitas, from asper, rough.]

1. Roughness of surface; unevenness; opposed to smoothness.

2. Roughness of sound; that quality which grates the ear; harshness of pronunciation.

3. Roughness to the taste; sourness.

4. Roughness or ruggedness of temper; moroseness; sourness; crabbedness.

5. Sharpness.