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brusque

[bruhsk; especially British broo sk] /brʌsk; especially British brʊsk/
adjective
1.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Also, brusk.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Middle French < Italian brusco rough, tart, special use of brusco (noun) butcher's broom < Late Latin brūscum, for Latin rūscus, rūscum, perhaps conflated with Vulgar Latin *brūcus heather (see brier2)
Related forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, noun
Synonyms
unceremonious, short, curt. See blunt.
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Examples for brusqueness
  • Over the years, some visitors interpreted such brusqueness favorably.
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British Dictionary definitions for brusqueness

brusque

/bruːsk; brʊsk/
adjective
1.
blunt or curt in manner or speech
Derived Forms
brusquely, adverb
brusqueness, (rare) brusquerie (ˈbruːskərɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian brusco sour, rough, from Medieval Latin bruscus butcher's broom
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Word Origin and History for brusqueness

brusque

adj.

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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