brittleness brittleness


  • (n) firm but easily broken



  1. The final 10 minutes achieve a truth and simplicity underscoring the barren brittleness of what has gone before.
  2. That brittleness has been there all along, but it was often mistaken for toughness.
  3. The loss of height is irreversible, as is the brittleness.


  • Why James Anderson Will Be England's Key Player in the Lord's Ashes Test

    England scrapped their way to victory over Australia in the first Ashes Test.  Make no mistake, it was a scrap.  Both batting sides showed elements of real fragility and brittleness—Australia more so than England despite their  tail-end heroics; they were 117/9 (compared to England's 117/3 in the first innings) and then 231/9 (against England's 231/6).  The difference between the two sides in ...
    on July 16, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

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  1. "We would should welcome any efforts by the United States, China, Japan and others to extend the six-party talks mechanism into a broader security mechanism," Rudd said. "That may help to remove some of the brittleness that might otherwise...
    on Mar 31, 2008 By: Kevin Rudd Source: Bloomberg

  2. "I never felt as if I had a complete handle on him," Mr. Kinnear said in a telephone interview. "There'sa bit of a brittleness to him. Then, of course, there's his tenacity, and all the stuff that made him a great character."
    on Sep 6, 2008 By: Greg Kinnear Source: New York Times

  3. It has what Adams calls (in a documentary about the making of the film that's a DVD extra) "the tense brittleness of a news event on television."
    on Feb 7, 2004 By: John Adams Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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