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[broo-tal-i-tee] /bruˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural brutalities.
the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
a brutal act or practice.
Origin of brutality
First recorded in 1540-50; brutal + -ity
Related forms
overbrutality, noun, plural overbrutalities. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Piling reproach after reproach upon himself, he added adultery to his brutality.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Slave trade, begun by Europe, brutality of, 5;maintained by Eng.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • But what the savage lacks in power he more than makes up for in cruelty and brutality.

    Sunk at Sea R.M. Ballantyne
  • "Nor I, either," agreed Fogg, but a smile relieved the brutality of the speech.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • This is equally true of all Mr Kipling's essays in brutality.

    Rudyard Kipling John Palmer
Word Origin and History for brutality

1630s, "savage cruelty, inhuman behavior," from brutal + -ity. Literal sense "condition or state of a brute" is from 1711.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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