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asperity
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The Scarlet Letter
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  • "Hold thy tongue, naughty child!" answered her mother, with an asperity that she had never permitted to herself before.

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  • she asked, with a touch of asperity in her voice.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
  • ...answered her mother, with an asperity that she had never permitted to herself before.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  The Scarlet Letter

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