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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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Our table was already filling up with an array of brittly confident 30-something lawyers, bellowing with laughter and trying to outdo each other with the sort of flippant conversational sallies that are obviously tips of huge icebergs of legal and Zeitgeisty knowledge.
Gilligan sat brittly in his chair, focusing his eyes with an effort, having those
Veering between gross nightmare hallucinations as Fausto wakes to find a dog eating his guts and the painfully real experience of trashing what he believes to be his nemesis's house only to find the real owners waiting downstairs, it's a brittly funny but darkly disturbing journey into the darker reaches of the soul.