Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
A person who is ‘brusque’ deals with or says things in a quick and short manner. Even if not intended, such behaviour is seen as being rude as it displays, or at least gives the appearance of, a lack of interest or basic good manners.
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Anne needs to work on her people skills. She tends to be quite brusque with customers.
Person A: “Jack clearly wasn’t happy with my feedback.” Person B: “Well, you did put it quite brusquely.”
People from that city have a reputation for brusqueness, but I found them quite friendly.