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brittleness, the

Grammar noun (feminine) Genitive singular: brittleness Nominative plural: Brittleness
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corresponding to the meaning of brittle (1, 2, 3, 4), synonymous with brittle

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brittle adj. ‘uncomfortable, fragile’, transferred from nature and way of thinking reserved, closed, repellent ’. Early prod (15th century), brittle (16th century), especially in the miner's language 'not bendable, but fragile', but also generally 'meager, poor, miserable', orally brittle 'little productive, poor 'lean, scanty' (16th century) is probably related to words like 'sprout' in the sense of 'easily bursting'1 (sd) as well as (with a different vowelism) spreading, spreading, splashing, sprouts and like these as a dental derivative to the root ie. * (s) p (h) sprinkle, sow, sprinkle, splash, spray 'to put (see . ↗spray). Brittleness for ‘fragility, rigid restraint, astringency of character and behavior’ (17th century).

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Often times, despite the brittleness they have to talk about, they even sound believable.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 14, 2002
But precisely in the brittleness lies the intensity of these texts.
Die Zeit, October 12, 1979, No. 42
When he finally attacks her with a declaration of love, she armors herself with brittleness and pride.
Fath, Rolf: Works - Z. In: Reclams Opernlexikon, Berlin: Directmedia Publ. 2001 [1998], p. 28868
The sound becomes more and more sensual and often reaches a degree of brittleness and asceticism.
Hübner, Herbert: Badings. In: The music in past and present, Berlin: Directmedia Publ. 2001 [1951], p. 8076
The color technology had to overcome a certain brittleness of the color film.
o. A .: Lexikon der Kunst - A. In: Olbrich, Harald (ed.), Lexikon der Kunst, Berlin: Directmedia Publ. 2001 [1987], p. 291

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