Definition

1. roughness of manner or of temper : harshness of behavior or speech that expresses bitterness or anger

2. rigor, severity

3. a) roughness of surface : unevenness

b) roughness of sound

 

In Context

“[Charles Portis’s True Grit is] one of those rare American novels that can be enjoyed by young readers for action and dialogue and by older readers for the lowdown wit and the wonderful asperity of the narrator Mattie Ross, an elderly skinflint who spins out the tale of her long-ago adolescent pursuit of the outlaw wastrel who killed her father.”

Casey Seiler, The Times-Union (Albany, New York), 2 Sept. 2018