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brusque

or brusk

[bruhsk; especially British broo sk] /brʌsk; especially British brʊsk/
adjective
1.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Origin of brusque
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Middle French < Italian brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (noun) butcher's broom < Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with Vulgar Latin *brūcus heather (see brier2)
Related forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, noun
Synonyms
unceremonious, short, curt.
Synonym Study
See blunt.
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Examples from the Web for brusqueness
Historical Examples
  • She thought she understood both the change of decision and the brusqueness.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • In those few months my mind had matured and the brusqueness of my will was softened.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • He observed all this, and with a brusqueness that was partly assumed he hastened to her rescue.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • This unforeseen veil, baffling his curiosity checked his brusqueness.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • But Miss Lee read in the brusqueness a strong feeling of sorrow for the child.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • Their brusqueness may arise from the fact that they have no time to give to formalities.

  • Her refusal this morning to go to Greenlaws was brusqueness itself.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He had indeed, but he saw that his brusqueness had annoyed her, and hastened to explain.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • "I don't know how you've got into this state, sir," he said with the brusqueness of emotion.

  • He was a man who acted as if priding himself on his brusqueness of language.

    The U-boat hunters

    James B. Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for brusqueness

brusque

/bruːsk; brʊsk/
adjective
1.
blunt or curt in manner or speech
Derived Forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, (rare) brusquerie (ˈbruːskərɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom
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Word Origin and History for brusqueness

brusque

adj.

1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."

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