n. sharpness of temper; roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate
These remarks, spoken with asperity, stung the boys to whom they had been directed.
Looking as frail as eggshells, she deflected questions with a hint of asperity, as any woman of her upbringing might have done.
Sentence in Classic:
It is worthy of remark, as a curious physical instance of the efficacy of a sudden surprise in counteracting the effects of extreme fear, that her voice had quite recovered all its official asperity.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens Context
Bennet, who assured him with some asperity that they were very well able to keep a good cook, and that her daughters had nothing to do in the kitchen.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen Context
Three years had certainly not smoothed the asperities of his temper or his impatience with a less active intelligence than his own.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle Context
That humid and congenial atmosphere which commonly adorned the view, veiling its harshness, and softening its asperities, had disappeared, the northern air poured across the waste of water so harsh and unmingled, that nothing was left to be conjectured by the eye, or fashioned by the fancy.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context