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English definition of “brittle”

brittle

adjective (UNKIND)    /ˈbrɪt.l̩/ US  /ˈbrɪt̬-/
unkind and unpleasant: She gave a brittle laugh and turned away.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
(Definition of brittle adjective (UNKIND) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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