- savage; cruel; inhuman: a brutal attack on the village.
- crude; coarse: brutal language.
- harsh; ferocious: brutal criticism; brutal weather.
- taxing, demanding, or exhausting: They're having a brutal time making ends meet.
- irrational; unreasoning.
- of or relating to lower animals.
Origin of brutal
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1. ferocious, brutish, barbarous. 2. gross, rude, rough, uncivil. 6. bestial, beastly, animal.
1. See cruel.
1. kind. 6. human.
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Examples from the Web for brutal
The army has since conducted a brutal wave of jailings against activists and journalists.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
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Matthew Fenner claims members of the North Carolina-based The Word of Faith Fellowship subjected him to a brutal attack.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
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Currently, there are many millions of Muslims who vehemently oppose ISIL and the brutal current in Islam that it represents.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
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Bill Murray has been accused by his ex-wife of repeated, brutal physical abuse.It’s Not Just Cosby: Hollywood’s Long List of Male Scumbags
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But he lost and his brutal career was over thanks to John Doar and the Voting Rights Act.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era
November 15, 2014
Or perhaps it's a brutal revenge on me,—after thinking I'd only marry for money.The Spenders
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After all, he could not be brutal with this guileless maiden.Within the Law
His voice seemed to him rough and brutal, but he did not mean it so.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
I asked, more to soften the effect of Marvin's brutal remark than anything else.The Underdog
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Who could be so brutal as to blame so amiable, so candid a creature?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
- cruel; vicious; savage
- extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
- harsh; severe; extremebrutal cold
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Word Origin and History for brutal
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