curtness :

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  • n  an abrupt discourteous manner

  • Characteristics: Modesty, taciturnity, diffidence (women make him blush), singleness of purpose, courage, occasional curtness, phlegm.
  • But steer the conversation toward the minefield of politics, and the 25-year-old's dramatic exuberance fades away to embarrassed curtness.
  • But when her climate curdles her to rhyme, her curtness often turns to slightly acidulous whey.

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