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.
"We can't run about after phantoms, sir," he said, with a touch of asperity in his voice.
Time has softened the asperity of our feelings, and the productions of Shelley's genius are now justly admired.
"You'd better ask her yourself," said the other with some asperity.
And then with some asperity, as I imagine, the young duke told him that “truly he had no inclination for food.”
"Well, one ought to be enough," returns Marcia, with asperity.
"Oh, if you find your own cases more interesting than mine—" said Holmes, with some asperity.
It was not in his heart to add to the asperity of her martyrdom by any light words.
"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.