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brittle

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of brittle

  1. 1 having a texture that readily breaks into little pieces under pressure a brittle cracker that turned into crumbs in my pocket Synonyms of brittle brickle [dialect], crisp, crispy, crumbly, embrittled, flaky (also flakey), friable, shortWords Related to brittle crackly, crisped, crispened, crunchy, crusty; breakable, delicate, fragileNear Antonyms of brittle elastic, flexible, pliable, pliant, resilient; strong, sturdy, tough

  2. 2 lacking in friendliness or warmth of feeling a brittle apology that was anything but heartfelt Synonyms of brittle antiseptic, arctic, cold, chill, chilly, clammy, cold-blooded, cold-eyed, coldish, cool, frigid, frosty, frozen, gelid, glacial, hard-eyed, icy, unfriendly, unsympathetic, wintry (also wintery)Words Related to brittle bloodless, coldhearted, hard-hearted, heartless, kindless, pitiless, uncaring, unfeeling; reserved, soulless, undemonstrative, unemotional, unresponsive; apathetic, indifferent, unenthusiastic, uninterested; aloof, detached, dispassionate, impersonal, offish, standoffish; antisocial, unsociable, unsocialNear Antonyms of brittle compassionate, kind, kindhearted; demonstrative, emotional, expressive; eager, enthusiastic, passionateAntonyms of brittle cordial, friendly, genial, happy, hearty, sympathetic, warm, warm-blooded, warmhearted

Synonym Discussion of brittle

fragile, frangible, brittle, crisp, friable mean breaking easily. fragile implies extreme delicacy of material or construction and need for careful handling.
    • a fragile antique chair
frangible implies susceptibility to being broken without implying weakness or delicacy.
    • frangible stone used for paving
brittle implies hardness together with lack of elasticity or flexibility or toughness.
    • brittle bones
crisp implies a firmness and brittleness desirable especially in some foods.
    • crisp lettuce
friable applies to substances that are easily crumbled or pulverized.
    • friable soil


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