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Noun: asperity  u'spe-ri-tee
  1. The quality of being hard to endure, uninviting or formidable
    "the asperity of northern winters";
    - grimness, hardship, rigor [US], rigour [Brit, Cdn], severity, severeness, rigorousness, rigourousness [Brit, non-standard]
     
  2. Harshness of manner
    - sharpness

Derived forms: asperities

Type of: difficultness, difficulty, ill nature

Encyclopedia: Asperity