âpre

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See also: apre and aprè

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French aspre, from Old French aspre, from Latin asper, according to the TLFi, an early borrowing. Compare Italian aspro, Spanish and Portuguese áspero.

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  • IPA(key): /ɑpʁ/
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Adjective[edit]

âpre (plural âpres)

  1. acrid, pungent, bitter
  2. (voice) harsh
  3. (figuratively) rough, fierce, harsh
    • 1640, Pierre Corneille, “Act 2, Scene 3”, in Horace:
      Cette âpre vertu ne m'était pas connue
      This harsh virtue was not known to me
    • 2012, Fabienne Loodts; Chloe Aridjis, Le livre des nuages, Warum?, →ISBN:
      Le lendemain, c'était un dimanche, ce qui renforçait mon besoin de sortir et remplir les heures. Après cinq ans dans cette ville, je n'avais pas encore rencontré quelqu'un avec qui passer les jours, ces jours que je préfère le moins, où la solitude se fait plus âpre.
      The next day was a Sunday, which deepened my need to leave the house, to somehow fill the hours. After five years in this city, I had still not met someone that I could pass my days with—these days that I liked least, when loneliness was bitterer.

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French aspre, from Latin asper, possibly a borrowing.

Adjective[edit]

âpre m or f

  1. (Jersey) bright

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