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asperity
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Oliver Twist
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  • It is worthy of remark, as a curious physical instance of the efficacy of a sudden surprise in counteracting the effects of extreme fear, that her voice had quite recovered all its official asperity.
  • It was fortunate for her that the possession of money occasioned him so much employment next day in the way of eating and drinking; and withal had so beneficial an effect in smoothing down the asperities of his temper; that he had neither time nor inclination to be very critical upon her behaviour and deportment.

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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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