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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

brusque

\bruhsk\ , adjective;
1.
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Quotes:
Her voice is soft and low, at odds with her bigness and her brusque movement.
-- Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, 1989
Rachel understood only that Uncle Pono was sick in the hospital, but when she asked if they could go see him, her mother snapped out a brusque "No" and changed the subject.
-- Alan Brennert, Moloka'i, 2003
Origin:
Brusque is borrowed from French and adapted from the Italian word brusco meaning "tart." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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