asperity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French asprete, from Latin asperitatem, from asper (rough).

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Noun[edit]

asperity (countable and uncountable, plural asperities)

  1. Roughness as of stone or weather.
    the asperity of Maine's winter
  2. Harshness, as of temper.
  3. Something that is harsh and difficult to endure.
  4. (geology) A part of a geological fault line that does not move.
    Earthquakes begin and end at asperities.

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