Harshly speaking

asperity
(n)
ǝs-PER-i-tee
Meaning

sharpness; harshness

1st Sample Sentence

Despite the asperity of his character and speech, the old professor secretly cared a great deal about his students.

Root

asper aspris (rough, harsh) (Latin)

Mnemonics

aspiri + ty: aspiriN; ASPIRIN - IS given when there is SEVERE pAIN OR headache; Asperity can be thought of as A spear with severity. i. e Sharpness As+per+IT (software industry)is well-known for their harshness in layoff

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