concise (part of speech: adjective)
severe (part of speech: adjective)
brisk, ascetic, obdurate, spare, crisp, gruff, inflexible, rigorous, relentless, Draconian, stern, stringent, stiff-necked, basic, acute, austere, intense, oppressive, critical, demanding, prudish, cool, dour, disciplined, strait-laced, intolerant, harsh, keen, icy, rigid, hidebound, astringent, unbending, precise, severe, lean, cutting, meticulous, censorious, Spartan, chilly, raw, frosty, bleak, grim, imperial, acerbic, obstinate, correct, strict, exacting, tart, dry, authoritarian, piquant, uncompromising, fundamental, stark, caustic, sharp, acrimonious, puritanical
- " I find the air of your villa, Mr. Van Beverout, a cordial that one could wish to take often," returned the other, who had far less of the brusque manner of the trader, than his companion. - "The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas", James Fenimore Cooper.
- She had promised the minister's wife to be back at a certain hour to see about employment, so she dared not stay longer, though it was with a sinking heart that she left her sister to that grim old savage, with his brusque lack of sympathy. - "Hillsboro People", Dorothy Canfield.
- They both looked at him upon this brusque interrogation, seemed not to understand, and then, suddenly recalling, they declared very naturally that they had left them on the garden table and had not thought about them. - "The Secret of the Night", Gaston Leroux.