from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Curtness or bluntness of manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act or situation of being brusque; an abrupt or blunt quality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bruskness.
This most mistaken opinion gives an indelicacy, a 'brusquerie', and a roughness to the manners.
-- Why have you bedizened yourself in that fashion? "he asked, with an affectation of 'brusquerie', as he tried to recover his power of speech.
Under the briskness and brusquerie, he was a softie and our respect for him was matched by our fondness.
A female, whatever her age or rank may be, is invariably treated with deferential respect; and if this deference may occasionally trespass upon the limits of absurdity, or if the extinct chivalry of the past ages of Europe meets with a partial revival upon the shores of America, this extreme is vastly preferable to the _brusquerie_, if not incivility, which ladies, as
“Jim” had parted with his brusquerie when we parted from the students, and was gentle and considerate beyond anything, though I knew that he must be grievously disappointed, both in my courage and strength.
I hope you have not been so foolish as to take offence at any little brusquerie of mine; but no, that is improbable.
This most mistaken opinion gives an indelicacy, a brusquerie, and a roughness to the manners.
As far as my experience goes, our roughness and brusquerie are mere politeness compared with what passes between Easterns.
He knew that millionaires did not always specialize in manners, especially in dealing with dependants like detectives; but there seemed to be something more in the letter than mere brusquerie.
I had no idea that this speech was simply rude; all I thought was that, even as nothing could be more futile than empty compliments, so nothing could be more pleasing and original than a little frank brusquerie.
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