He looked at the president when the president spoke, and his expression revealed no asperity or disdain.
“Mr. Ford has already explained the situation,” he said with asperity.
From this Claude went on to remark with asperity that Murillo painted like an ignoramus.
Time has softened the asperity of our feelings, and the productions of Shelley's genius are now justly admired.
I tried to express my grief and sympathy, but he cut me short with some asperity.
And then with some asperity, as I imagine, the young duke told him that “truly he had no inclination for food.”
“No doubt he thought she was worth it,” said Tresler, with some asperity.
"Oh, if you find your own cases more interesting than mine—" said Holmes, with some asperity.
"She will be guided by us in this," the Bishop rejoined with asperity.
"I did not say that it was," retorted the major with a touch of asperity in his tone.
c.1200, asprete "hardship, harshness of feelings," a figurative use, from Old French asperité "difficulty, painful situation, harsh treatment" (12c., Modern French âpreté), from Latin asperitatem (nominative asperitas) "roughness," from asper "rough, harsh," of unknown origin; in Latin used also of sour wine, bad weather, and hard times. Figurative meaning "harshness of feeling" attested from early 15c.