[ UK /bɹˈʌsk/ ]
[ US /ˈbɹəsk/ ]
  1. marked by rude or peremptory shortness
    try to cultivate a less brusque manner
    a curt reply
    the salesgirl was very short with him
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How To Use brusque In A Sentence

  • She wasn't in tears; she was if anything brusque, her tone between command and entreaty. A WORM OF DOUBT
  • For the next two hours, the bold captain stayed below, eating and drinking, rebuffing nervous passengers and becoming more and more brusque and abusive to anyone who remonstrated with him.
  • -- Why have you bedizened yourself in that fashion? "he asked, with an affectation of 'brusquerie', as he tried to recover his power of speech. The French Immortals Series — Complete
  • These days, computers are programmed to acknowledge errors in less than graceful ways when something goes wrong: They flash a brusque error message, telling you that you have goofed.
  • Whereas the latter had tended to deal with divisions through a process of avoidance or such extended discussion that unity was effected through boring dissidents into submission, his style was brusque and peremptory.
  • At the beginning of the show, the dancers approached the audience with tape recorders and brusquely asked us to give our names.
  • There was a murmured exchange in the chamber, then the door was pushed wide and a lean, dark-visaged man stepped onto the landing followed by a much burlier companion who commanded brusquely, “Allons-y.” A Wicked Gentleman
  • She danced with a brusque and determined attitude, and she spoke in the same sharp, brisk manner.
  • He was pale, of brusque manners, somewhat given to affectation, but of immaculate dress and generous to his enemies.
  • His manner is brusque but polite. The Sun
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