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uh spe ri tee

  • n  something hard to endure
    the asperity of northern winters
  • n  harshness of manner

  • Above all, Kemp is a man with vision and optimism to spare, the perfect antidote to Dole's asperity and narrow focus.
  • Every story that came out, said the President with some asperity, was essentially untrue in its basic facts.
  • With asperity the Prime Minister wrote: ".

  • Ben Brantley in Reuters Canada
    While Ann is supposed to arrive at the Keller household with high hopes and good intentions, Ms. Holmes delivers most of her lines with meaningful asperity, italicizing every word,wrote The New York Times critic Ben Brantley.

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