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.