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asperity (noun) harsh and severe in treating or speaking to others.
When you treat others harshly and talk rudely to them, you exhibit asperity to them. Your manner shows asperity. Having sharp temper also shows a person's asperity. Asperity is not a desirable or civilized quality.
- The asperity of the leader on occasions surprised them because he was by and large very gentle and cool-tempered, and was easily approachable.
- In spite of the strain and stress Madeline is subject to, she is surprisingly patient, and never shows signs of asperity.