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Definition harshness of manner

In physics or geology, asperity can refer to a region of contact between two surfaces under pressure.
  • 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
  • the asperity of northern winters
  • "I have no more notion than you how long it is to last," Holmes answered with some asperity.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Valley of Fear
  • "Ford has already explained the situation," he said with asperity.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • "I wonder you remember those times, Esther," she returned with her old asperity.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • I think he is rather more striking now than ever, certainly more agreeable, as his asperity of temper is worn away.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • "Hold thy tongue, naughty child!" answered her mother, with an asperity that she had never permitted to herself before.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • 'You?' they replied with asperity.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • That was what she wanted—the asperity in his voice reproving her.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • "Have you conversed freely with the girl?" the Sergeant demanded quickly, and with some asperity of manner.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Jim Fletcher attached himself to the stranger, and now both respect and friendliness tempered his asperity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • "Now where," he answered with asperity, "where except in the great tea shop on the main street of the town?"
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • "What have I done now?" demanded Laurella with asperity.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • You must have gone off your head," said Mrs. Peniston with asperity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • That's what I said," replied Stillwell, with asperity.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • "Would you make that remark to an English lady?" she enquired with soft asperity.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "Your father may have been able to change countries," said Mrs. Munt with asperity, "and that may or may not be a good thing.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • "I wonder you remember those times, Esther," she returned with her old asperity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He replied with some asperity, "It might surprise you what them beasts can pull through."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Chrysanthemums

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