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adjective as in curt, surly

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Example Sentences

I wanted his calming presence when the doctor came in, brusque and aloof, and I tried to remember all the questions that kept me up at night.

From Time

It wasn’t easy to watch, especially because he seems to have a naturally brusque demeanor, which isn’t softened when the ever-present mask hides his wide smile.

Sifton writes in the brusque but encouraging tone of a neighborhood dad coaching a soccer game.

From Eater

They described him as an alpha male, brusque, sometimes rude — even to the queen — but one who worked hard to support her and give a modern gloss to the 1,000-year-old institution of the English monarchy.

The fact that he’s still in office is a testament to his brusque determination and general unconcern for the opinions of others.

He identifies as “brusque” like other New York City residents.

Those who have interacted with him describe him as brusque, eccentric, clenched.

And McCauley was surely friendlier that his brusque air of command indicated.

Whatever shortcomings the sometimes brusque Abramson has as a manager, she just led the paper to four Pulitzers.

She is frequently described in the press with such adjectives as “brusque,” “aggressive,” and “undiplomatic in the extreme.”

"I thought you wouldn't like the bed," she said, with the brusque familiarity of an old servant and friend.

She assumed, however, a tone almost brusque, artificially airy and unimportant.

The brusque and rather timid young officer is lionized in the drawing-room of Madame Tallien.

He spoke in brusque tones, and he looked at Mina as if he did not know what she might be doing there.

In most cases he is deplorably curt of speech and brusque of deportment.


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On this page you'll find 60 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to brusque, such as: blunt, gruff, terse, abrupt, bluff, and brief.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.