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brusque

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Definition abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • She is known for her brusque manner and brief meetings.
brusque = abrupt (not taking the time to be friendly)
  • I am trying to develop a less brusque manner.
  • brusque = abrupt (not taking the time to be friendly)
  • But he was struck, as most people were, by Okonkwo's brusqueness in dealing with less successful men.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • brusqueness = abruptness (not taking the time or trouble to be friendly)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He said it brusquely to build himself up again.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • "Up there where?" said Brinker brusquely.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly)
  • The plainclothesman in front of her flashed a badge, showed a search warrant, and brusquely asked Mary for permission to enter.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • Brushing past Mariam, he said in a brusque voice, "I'm hungry."
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • brusque = abrupt
  • Aline pushed past her brusquely and went into the living room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • (brusquely) So don't just stand there!
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • Once we were in the bathroom she brusquely handed me a dress that had been hanging from one of the partitions and kinda pushed me into the stall.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly or polite)
  • "Yeah, yeah," I say brusquely.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • When the Palestinian man rang them up, he was brusque and hurried.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • brusque = abrupt
  • She saw how Romero avoided every brusque movement and saved his bulls for the last when he wanted them, not winded and discomposed but smoothly worn down.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • brusque = abrupt (sudden and quick)
  • Dr. Annstrong stood up. He said brusquely: "No, a man doesn't die of a mere choking fit. Marston's death wasn't what we call a natural death."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • Kemper said brusquely, "Look here now, Colonel."
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • He came home with his manners a good deal improved; he had lost his surliness and brusqueness, and...
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • brusqueness = abruptness (quickness without taking the time to be  friendly)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • But he had never ever sent her off to her room so brusquely.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • "Awright," he said brusquely. "Gi'me that mouse! ... I ain't takin' it away jus' for meanness. That mouse ain't fresh, Lennie; and besides, you've broke it pettin' it."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • brusquely = abruptly
  • "Put her in water," he said to my mom in Spanish.

    "But . . ."

    "Put her in water," he said again, brusquely this time, then walked away wobbly and absentminded.

    [When Mr. Hernandez saw that Magda's fever was worse.]
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
  • "Those letters were all written before the fire," she says brusquely.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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