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.


French, from brusque, brusque; see brusque.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • This most mistaken opinion gives an indelicacy, a 'brusquerie', and a roughness to the manners.

    Letters to His Son on the Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman, 1752

  • -- Why have you bedizened yourself in that fashion? "he asked, with an affectation of 'brusquerie', as he tried to recover his power of speech.

    Jacqueline — Complete

  • Under the briskness and brusquerie, he was a softie and our respect for him was matched by our fondness.

    'Under the briskness, he was a softie' | Julian Barnes

  • 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

    The Englishwoman in America

  • “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.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • I hope you have not been so foolish as to take offence at any little brusquerie of mine; but no, that is improbable.

    The Gold-Bug

  • This most mistaken opinion gives an indelicacy, a brusquerie, and a roughness to the manners.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • As far as my experience goes, our roughness and brusquerie are mere politeness compared with what passes between Easterns.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • 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.

    The Complete Father Brown

  • 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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