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.
"I'd rather be excused this evening, thanks," Roy answered, with a touch of brusqueness.
She thought she understood both the change of decision and the brusqueness.
This brusqueness was the counter-poise to tenderness of feeling and intensity of fancy in these Northern artists.
In those few months my mind had matured and the brusqueness of my will was softened.
It had made me morbidly self-conscious, and suspiciously alive to the least hint of patronage or brusqueness.
In his accent Cinq-Mars had nothing of the brusqueness which clothed his words.
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.
1650s, from French brusque "lively, fierce," from Italian adjective brusco "sharp, tart, rough," perhaps from Vulgar Latin *bruscum "butcher's broom plant."