Definition of brusque in English:

brusque

Line breaks: brusque
Pronunciation: /brʊsk
 
, bruːsk
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

brusquely

adverb
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  • Questions about his place in history were turned away, sometimes deftly, sometimes brusquely, at an otherwise tedious luncheon at the official Writers' Club.
  • I therefore reply, briefly and brusquely, that I am not interested, and ring off.
  • I grab the letter from her hand, a little more brusquely than necessary.

brusqueness

noun
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  • Like many shy people, her timidity at first masquerades as brusqueness - though not, according to old friends, as much as it used to.
  • He looked taken aback by my brusqueness, but quickly shrugged it off.
  • Beneath all his stubborn brusqueness, he was a solid friend and a loving father and husband.

brusquerie

Pronunciation: /ˈbrʊsk(ə)riː, ˈbruː-/
noun ( • archaic )
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  • Insisting on order, a regular communicant, paterfamilias to his apprentices, and generous to children, the elderly and his Church, Holt retained his brusquerie, guile and wryness as shields against would-be imposters in a tough milieu.
  • Yet at the same time, brusqueries are to be avoided.
  • During his Musica Viva recital of three Beethoven sonatas given two weeks ago, Lewis showed that he has no qualms about exploring a composer's humour and brusqueries.

Origin

mid 17th century: from French, 'lively, fierce', from Italian brusco 'sour'.

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