asperity (n.)

  1. something hard to endure; the asperity of northern winters

    [ Syn: grimness , hardship , rigor , rigour , severity , severeness , rigorousness , rigourousness ]

  2. harshness of manner

    [ Syn: sharpness ]

The dictionary is based on the WordNet Electronic Lexical Database.
WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2011 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.