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abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
Contemporary Examples

Chile Ends Spain’s World Cup Reign Tunku Varadarajan June 17, 2014
Alain de Botton on the Benefits of Religion Without God The Daily Beast March 9, 2012
Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory Tunku Varadarajan June 22, 2014

Historical Examples

Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
Blow The Man Down Holman Day
The Little Warrior P. G. Wodehouse
Clarence Bret Harte
The Major Ralph Connor
A True Friend Adeline Sergeant
Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour

blunt or curt in manner or speech


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