Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class III. Words Relating to Matter
Section II. Inorganic Matter
1. Solid Matter

328. Brittleness.

   NOUN:BRITTLENESS &c. adj.; fragility, friability, frangibility, fissility [rare], frailty, cold-shortness; house of -cards, – glass.
   VERB:BE BRITTLE &c. adj.; live in a glass house.
  BREAK, crack, snap, split, shiver, splinter, crumble, crash, crush, break short, burst, fly, give way; fall to pieces; fall to dust; crumble -to, – into- dust.
   ADJECTIVE:BRITTLE, brash [U. S.], frangible, breakable, friable, delicate, shattery [rare], fragile, frail, gimcrack, shivery, fissile; splitting &c. v.; lacerable, splintery, crisp, crimp, short, brittle as glass, cold-short; crisp as celery.
   QUOTATION:Mistress of herself though china fall.—Pope