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brusque

or brusk

[bruhsk; especially British broosk]
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adjective
  1. abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
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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 formsbrusque·ly, adverbbrusque·ness, noun

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See blunt.
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Related Words

harshnesscoarsenessseverityrudenesshardnessgruffnesscrudenessbrusquenessincivilitycontumelyprofanationimpolitenessroughhouse

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.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for brusqueness

brusque

adjective
  1. blunt or curt in manner or speech
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Derived Formsbrusquely, adverbbrusqueness or 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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