curtness


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curt

 (kûrt)
adj. curt·er, curt·est
1. Rudely brief or abrupt, as in speech or manner: was curt and businesslike in the meeting; acknowledged him with a curt nod. See Synonyms at gruff.
2. Terse or condensed: a curt text message.

[Middle English, short, brief, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

curt′ly adv.
curt′ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curtness - an abrupt discourteous mannercurtness - an abrupt discourteous manner  
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
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Translations
فَظاظـه ، اقْتِضاب
úsečnost
afmålthed
kurtaság
hranaskapur
kabalıknezaketsizlik

curtness

[ˈkɜːtnɪs] Nbrusquedad f
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curtness

n (of person)Barschheit f; (of remark, reply, letter, refusal)Kürze f, → Knappheit f
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curtness

[ˈkɜːtnɪs] nbruschezza
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curt

(kəːt) adjective
rudely brief. a curt reply.
ˈcurtly adverb
ˈcurtness noun
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References in classic literature ?
As she progressed with her practice, she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to her speech and manner toward the usurper, and how similarly handy she was becoming in transferring her motherly curtness of speech and peremptoriness of manner to the unlucky heir of the ancient house of Driscoll.
I murmured something affirmative in a doubtful tone and she remarked quaintly, with a certain curtness, "It's so unnecessary, this worry!
The curtness of the counter-question, and the cool, slow manner in which, as he put it, Mr.
His voice had changed so much, he spoke with such curtness and even with such contempt, that Mrs.
Once, however, he had overcome that sort of agonizing hesitation sufficiently to tell me that he had no such intention, he became rather communicative--at least relatively to the former off-hand curtness of his speeches.
Somewhat puzzled, slightly annoyed, but enjoying withal the novelty of the environment and the curtness of his reception, Mr.
Hawley's mode of speech, even when public decorum repressed his "awful language," was formidable in its curtness and self-possession.
"I have heard of him," admitted the visitor in his slow, painstaking tone, which yet had a certain curtness of intention.
In acknowledgement of this question, addressed to him with extraordinary curtness, Mr.
She suspected Agatha in particular, and treated her with disdainful curtness in such intercourse as they had--it was fortunately little.
The curtness of expression and the fragmentary form of these productions speak to the impossibility of representation of traumatic experiences while still in their grip or in their immediate aftermath.