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[bruhnt] /brʌnt/
the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow:
His arm took the brunt of the blow.
Origin of brunt
1275-1325; Middle English; perhaps orig. sexual assault; akin to Old Norse brundr, German Brunft heat, ruttish state, Old English brunetha heat, itching; cognate with Old High German bronado. See burn1
thrust, stress, burden. Unabridged
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  • In fine, our fathers bore the brunt of more raging and pitiless elements than we.

    Old News Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Keep your men well in hand, for we may have to bear the brunt of the King's dragoons.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • All at once I saw that I myself must bear the brunt of this scandal.

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • On this army, it was expected, the brunt of the drive would fall.

  • The girl has taken the brunt of business while we played and she has only the reward of a salary.

    The Gorgeous Girl

    Nalbro Bartley
British Dictionary definitions for brunt


the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for brunt

early 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief force" is first attested 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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