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brittle

/brit·tle/ (brit´'l)
1. easily broken, snapped, or cracked, especially under slight pressure.
2. easily disrupted.
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The travellers had not proceeded far, before they found themselves among naked and arid hills, with a soil composed of sand and clay, baked and brittle, that to all appearance had never been visited by the dews of heaven.
But all that he was he was by instinct and not by theory, and the amiability of his character was so great that certain of the aristocratic virtues, which in some aspects seem rather brittle and trenchant, acquired in his application of them an extreme geniality.
These are, first, such as have brittle wits, the edge whereof is soon turned; such as was Hermogenes the rhetorician, whose books are exceeding subtle; who afterwards waxed stupid.
A red sun stood over the grey rim of the fields, behind trees that looked black and brittle.
The clear, cold sunshine glances into the brittle woods and approvingly beholds the sharp wind scattering the leaves and drying the moss.
Percerin was nearly eighty years old, nevertheless still fresh, and at the same time so dry, the courtiers used to say, that he was positively brittle.
With these I would have a long, slim loaf of wheaten bread that hath been baked upon the hearth; it should be warm from the fire, with glossy brown crust, the color of the hair of mine own Maid Marian, and this same crust should be as crisp and brittle as the thin white ice that lies across the furrows in the early winter's morning.
Not in the least," returned the Saw-Horse; "but my pride is injured to find that my anatomy is so brittle.
I was wrong to make you as I did, for a more useless, conceited and brittle thing never before existed.
Upon the shore he found an out-cropping of brittle, igneous rock.
As though it had been but a brittle shell, to break at the least rough usage, the thin veneer of his civilization fell from him, and the ten burly villains found themselves penned in a small room with a wild and savage beast, against whose steel muscles their puny strength was less than futile.
Now, my boy, times have changed," Del Mar addressed him in cold, brittle tones.