brusqueness

[ bruhsk; especially British broosk ]SEE DEFINITION OF brusqueness
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She thought she understood both the change of decision and the brusqueness.

In those few months my mind had matured and the brusqueness of my will was softened.

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.

But Miss Lee read in the brusqueness a strong feeling of sorrow for the child.

Their brusqueness may arise from the fact that they have no time to give to formalities.

Her refusal this morning to go to Greenlaws was brusqueness itself.

He had indeed, but he saw that his brusqueness had annoyed her, and hastened to explain.

"I don't know how you've got into this state, sir," he said with the brusqueness of emotion.

He was a man who acted as if priding himself on his brusqueness of language.

WORD ORIGIN

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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