asperities

28Aug07

as·per·i·ty
n., pl. -ties.

1.
1. Roughness or harshness, as of surface, sound, or climate: the asperity of northern winters.
2. Severity; rigor.
2. A slight projection from a surface; a point or bump.
3. Harshness of manner; ill temper or irritability.

[Middle English asperite, from Old French asprete, from Latin asperitās, from asper, rough.]

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