gruffness :

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  • n  a throaty harshness
  • n  an abrupt discourteous manner

  • He went on paying low wages, giving away $100 bills, warning his employes never to marry, in general behaving with the gruffness expected of him.
  • Her feistiness meshes well with Duvall's homey gruffness: they're the Hepburn and Tracy of the European Theater.
  • Asner, 79, who used his slow burn brilliantly on the great Mary Tyler Moore '70s sitcom, had the gruffness and deadpan comic timing to bring Carl to vocal life.

  • Norm Dicks in Seattle Post Intelligencer
    I hear the tone of the officers is pretty abrupt,Dicks told the newspaper. "Gruffness: that has turned people off. They need to try to treat people nicely, not try to terrify people."
  • Greg Kinnear in Washington Times
    I thought what was interesting and challenging about this man's story was that he is not this perfect hero at all, by any stretch,says Mr. Kinnear. "If anything, he's got a kind of gruffness, stubbornness, distrustfulness ...... In spite...

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