bluff


bluff
bluff adj Bluff, blunt, brusque, curt, crusty, gruff mean abrupt and unceremonious in speech or manner.
Bluff, the only term of the group used in a complimentary sense, connotes outspokenness, rough good nature, and unconventionally which bespeak a sincerity that scorns the forms of politeness
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bluff King Hal— Scott

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bluff good humor

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a bluff burly, hearty-looking man in a short blue jacket— Kenneth Roberts

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Blunt (see also DULL) implies such directness and plain speaking as to suggest lack of consideration for the feelings of others and some disregard for the amenities of life
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a blunt reply

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the petition was rejected in a blunt, one-sentence letter of refusal— Blanshard

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a blunt man. He is often brutal. He has never seemed to me to be devious— Welles

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Brusque suggests a certain sharpness of manner and ungraciousness of speech
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a brusque refusal

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I was nettled by her brusque manner of asserting her folly— Conrad

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Markham was forthright, brusque, and, on occasion, domineering, taking life with grim and serious conscience—5. S. Van Dine

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Curt implies disconcerting shortness or rude conciseness
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a curt answer

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a curt message . . . bade her return at once to Rome— Buchan

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Crusty implies a forbidding exterior and a manner marked by asperity or acerbity that sometimes belies real kindness of heart
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he was a crusty old fellow, as close as a vise— Hawthorne

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Gruff carries a stronger implication of surliness and roughness than crusty and distinctively suggests curt and hoarse or guttural utterance but like the former may suggest an underlying kindliness
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gruff disagreeable, sarcastic remarks— Thackeray

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covered his essentially warm and friendly nature with a gruff exterior— Bliven b.l889

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Analogous words: hearty, *sincere: plain, open, *frank, candid: abrupt, *precipitate
Antonyms: suave, smooth
Contrasted words: urbane, diplomatic, bland (see SUAVE): courteous, courtly, gallant, polite, *civil

New Dictionary of Synonyms. 2014.

Synonyms:
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