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brittle

adjective uk   /ˈbrɪt.l̩/ us    /ˈbrɪt̬-/

brittle adjective (EASILY BROKEN)

delicate and easily broken: As you get older your bones become increasingly brittle. The pond was covered in a brittle layer of ice.

brittle adjective (UNKIND)

unkind and unpleasant: She gave a brittle laugh and turned away.
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