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or brusk

[bruhsk; especially British broo sk] /brʌsk; especially British brʊsk/
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Origin of brusque
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
unceremonious, short, curt.
Synonym Study
See blunt. Unabridged
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  • This brusqueness was the counterpoise to tenderness of feeling and intensity of fancy in these northern artists.

  • He had indeed, but he saw that his brusqueness had annoyed her, and hastened to explain.

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • "I'd rather be excused this evening, thanks," Roy answered, with a touch of brusqueness.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • She thought she understood both the change of decision and the brusqueness.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • This brusqueness was the counter-poise to tenderness of feeling and intensity of fancy in these Northern artists.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • In those few months my mind had matured and the brusqueness of my will was softened.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It had made me morbidly self-conscious, and suspiciously alive to the least hint of patronage or brusqueness.

    The Record of Nicholas Freydon A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
  • In his accent Cinq-Mars had nothing of the brusqueness which clothed his words.

    Cinq Mars, Complete Alfred de Vigny
  • Harry Watson, stammered the boy, his face scarlet at the brusqueness of the Latin instructors greeting.

  • "You must go, of course," she said, with the brusqueness of grief.

British Dictionary definitions for brusqueness


/bruːsk; brʊsk/
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



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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