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asperity
used in Oliver Twist

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Definition
harshness of manner
  • 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.
    Chapter 23 — Which Contains the Substance of a Pleasant Conversation.... (89% in)
  • 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.
    Chapter 39 — Introduces Some Respectable Characters with Whom the.... (69% in)

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