brittle - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    a brittle substance or object is hard and can easily break into pieces

    Don’t pack fragile or brittle objects in your suitcase.

    1. a.
      a brittle relationship or situation is not very strong and could easily be damaged

      the brittle peace between the two nations

  2. 2
    literary a brittle laugh or smile does not show real humour or happiness
    1. a.
      if you speak in a brittle voice, you sound as if you are about to cry

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noun [uncountable]