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  • adj. comparative form of brusque: more brusque


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  • Indeed, the Democratic party's most honest moment Tuesday night came not in Webb's brusque words but in the Democrats' brusquer body language.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • An associated question is why Israeli Jews are so much brusquer than American Jews, even New Yorkers.

    Does Islam make its adherents violent?

  • Or were the "Oriental" Jews who came to Israel from Islamic countries brusquer than the Ashkenazim from Europe?

    Does Islam make its adherents violent?

  • Georgina, dumpier and still brusquer than Marina, the eldest son, a bank-clerk who was something of a dandy and did not waste civility on little girls; and lastly there were two boys, slightly younger than Laura, black-haired, pug-nosed, pugnacious little creatures, who stood in awe of their father, and were all the wilder when not under his eye.

    The Getting of Wisdom

  • It was as if from the wide living room on the first level a hand had moved slowly, shaping the next steps by a sustained touch, then had stopped, had continued in separate movements, each shorter, brusquer, and had ended, torn off, remaining somewhere in the sky.

    The Fountainhead

  • Her methods would become something much brusquer and more direct.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 24, 1914

  • Olive's engagement had been broken off by too violent means, and nothing was more against her nature than (to use her own expression) _brusquer les choses_.


  • One should (she said) not _brusquer_ them, nor provoke them in any way, but smile kindly at them and _en générale_ be very polite.

    In the Courts of Memory, 1858 1875; from Contemporary Letters

  • He was a gentleman whose engaging presence might suggest the older and more altruistic, rather than the newer and perhaps brusquer style of manners.

    Charles Carleton Coffin War Correspondent, Traveller, Author, and Statesman

  • For one, he is troubled about me: he is actually more anxious about my future than I myself; he thinks better of me than I do of myself; he is so deucedly conscientious, so scrupulous, so averse to giving offence or to _brusquer_ any situation before it has played itself out, that he shrinks from betraying his apprehensions or asking direct questions.

    Stories by American Authors, Volume 5


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  • A rude, itinerant musician.

    December 29, 2007