asperity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

asperity (plural asperities)

  1. Roughness as of stone or weather.
    asperity of Maine's winter
  2. Harshness, as of temper.
    • 1878: W. S. Gilbert, H.M.S. Pinafore:
      Go, ribald, get you hence
      To your cabin with celerity.
      This is the consequence
      Of ill-advised asperity!
  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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