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Synonyms for brittle
ˈbrɪt lbrit·tle

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  1. brittlenoun


  2. brittlenoun

    Inflexible, liable to break or snap easily under stress or pressure.


  3. brittleadjective

    Not physically tough or tenacious; apt to break or crumble when bending.


Princeton's WordNet

  1. brittle, toffee, toffyadjective

    caramelized sugar cooled in thin sheets

    toffy, toffee

    tempered, warmhearted, unbreakable, treated, hardened, toughened

  2. brittle, brickle, bricklyadjective

    having little elasticity; hence easily cracked or fractured or snapped

    "brittle bones"; "glass is brittle"; "`brickle' and `brickly' are dialectal"

    brickly, unannealed, brickle

    unbreakable, treated, toughened, warmhearted, tempered, hardened

  3. brittleadjective

    lacking warmth and generosity of spirit

    "a brittle and calculating woman"

    brickly, unannealed, brickle

    toughened, treated, warmhearted, unbreakable, tempered, hardened

  4. brittle, unannealedadjective

    (of metal or glass) not annealed and consequently easily cracked or fractured

    brickly, unannealed, brickle

    unbreakable, toughened, warmhearted, hardened, tempered, treated

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. brittleadjective

    fragile, crumbling, shivery, frail, frangible, BRASH, easily broken (into pieces), easily shivered

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. brittleadjective

    frangible, crisp, friable

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "brittle":

    friable, fragile, frail

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  1. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard.

  2. Scott C. Holstad:

    It's had about a thousand lives in it, some brittle and cold, others quaint and lively. The wallpaper's peeling and the pipes are rusting. The shingles are breaking away, falling to ancient earth but the hearth still smells of warm breakfast, eggs sizzling in their beds, toast crisp with strains of raspberry jam, griddlecakes tanning themselves, milk being topped off. Somewhere there is a rumbling, a truck bearing gifts of furniture, a car with parents cooing to their young and calming the family pets as they speed on to their destination.

  3. Esther Perel:

    If a man sees a woman as brittle, he may love her with a sense of extra burden.

  4. Tom Robbins:

    Meditation... disolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass.

  5. Raj Dasgupta:

    You'd have to be pretty brittle and pretty sick if a blanket's going to stop your breathing.

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    A synonym of "dry"
    • A. drippy
    • B. juiceless
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