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Definition of "brusque" []

  • Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt. See Synonyms at gruff. (adjective)
  • Blunt or curt in manner or speech (adjective)

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Use "brusque" in a sentence
  • "'I suppose there would be no objection to the match if they do care for each other,' said Mrs. Wrottesley, in a manner that was often called brusque and had served to make her unpopular."
  • "His abord and behaviour answered extremely well the idea M. d'Arblay had given us of him, who in the word brusque rather meant unpolished in manners than harsh in character."
  • "He ischaracterized as brusque, taciturn, and often short-tempered demeanor."