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asperity
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • Mr Nickleby looked very indignant at the handmaid on being thus corrected, and demanded with much asperity what she meant; which she was about to state, when a female voice proceeding from a perpendicular staircase at the end of the passage, inquired who was wanted.
  • Perhaps something of what he thought was expressed in his countenance, for the sick man, turning towards him with great asperity, demanded to know if he waited for a receipt.

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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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