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English noun: roughness

1. roughness (attribute) a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven


Synonymsraggedness


Broader (hypernym)texture


Narrower (hyponym)abrasiveness, bristliness, bumpiness, burl, coarseness, coarseness, graininess, granularity, harshness, knot, nubbiness, prickliness, scaliness, scratchiness, shagginess, slub, spininess, thorniness, tweediness


Antonymssmoothness

2. roughness (attribute) the quality of being unpleasant (harsh or rough or grating) to the senses


Synonymsharshness


Broader (hypernym)unpleasantness


Narrower (hyponym)gruffness, hoarseness, huskiness

3. roughness (attribute) an unpolished unrefined quality


SamplesThe crudeness of frontier dwellings depressed her.


Synonymscrudeness


Broader (hypernym)inelegance

4. roughness (state) used of the sea during inclement or stormy weather


Synonymschoppiness, rough water


Broader (hypernym)storminess

5. roughness (state) rowdy behavior


Synonymsdisorderliness, rowdiness, rowdyism


Broader (hypernym)disorder

6. roughness (process) the formation of small pits in a surface as a consequence of corrosion


Synonymsindentation, pitting


Broader (hypernym)corroding, corrosion, erosion

7. roughness (act) harsh or severe speech or behavior


SamplesMen associate the roughness of nonstandard working-class speech with masculinity.
The roughness of her voice was a signal to keep quiet.


Broader (hypernym)intensification









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