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brusque´ness

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  • brusque´ness — brusque «bruhsk», adjective. abrupt in manner or speech; blunt: »He was brusque in saying “I don t like it” when he could have said “No, thank you.” SYNONYM(S): curt, bluff. ╂[< French brusque < Italian brusco coarse < Late Latin brūscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • brusque — [ brusk ] adjective speaking quickly in an unfriendly way using very few words: CURT: His tone was brusque. She often seems a little brusque when she is interviewing people. a. using quick movements, that show that you do not feel friendly toward …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brusque´ly — brusque «bruhsk», adjective. abrupt in manner or speech; blunt: »He was brusque in saying “I don t like it” when he could have said “No, thank you.” SYNONYM(S): curt, bluff. ╂[< French brusque < Italian brusco coarse < Late Latin brūscus …   Useful english dictionary

  • brusque — brusque; brusque·ly; brusque·ness; …   English syllables

  • brusque — or brusk [[t]brʌsk[/t]] esp. brit. [[t]brʊsk[/t]] adj. abrupt in manner; blunt; rough • Etymology: 1595–1605; < MF < It brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (n.) butcher s broom < LL brūscum, alter. of L rūscus, rūscum brusque′ly,… …   From formal English to slang

  • a|brupt´ness — a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective. 1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car. SYNONYM(S): hasty. 2. very steep: »The road made an abrupt rise up the hill. SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under ste …   Useful english dictionary

  • brisk´ness — brisk «brihsk», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. quick and active; lively: »A brisk walk brings him home from work in ten minutes. SYNONYM(S): nimble, spry. 2. keen; sharp: »brisk weather …   Useful english dictionary

  • curt´ness — curt «kurt», adjective. 1. short; short and rude; abrupt: »a curt remark. His curt way of speaking makes him seem rude.o> A curt nod was the only notice he gave that he knew she was there. SYNONYM(S): brusque. See syn. under blunt. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gruff´ness — gruff «gruhf», adjective, verb. –adj. 1. deep and harsh; hoarse: »a gruff voice. SYNONYM(S): guttural. 2. rough, rude, unfriendly, or bad tempered: »a gruff manner. SYNONYM(S): grumpy, brusque, impolite, surly …   Useful english dictionary

  • brusqueness — brusque·ness …   English syllables

  • Brusqueness — Brusque ness, n. Quality of being brusque; roughness joined with promptness; bluntness. Brit. Quar. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English