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brutal

[broot-l]
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adjective
  1. savage; cruel; inhuman: a brutal attack on the village.
  2. crude; coarse: brutal language.
  3. harsh; ferocious: brutal criticism; brutal weather.
  4. taxing, demanding, or exhausting: They're having a brutal time making ends meet.
  5. irrational; unreasoning.
  6. of or relating to lower animals.

Origin of brutal

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin brūtālis. See brute1, -al1
Related formsbru·tal·ly, adverbhy·per·bru·tal, adjectivehy·per·bru·tal·ly, adverbnon·bru·tal, adjectivenon·bru·tal·ly, adverbo·ver·bru·tal, adjectiveo·ver·bru·tal·ly, adverb

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1. ferocious, brutish, barbarous. 2. gross, rude, rough, uncivil. 6. bestial, beastly, animal.

Synonym study

1. See cruel.

Antonyms

1. kind. 6. human.
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  • "You will find that you are up against a hell of a frost," she would declare, brutally.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He paused for an instant, then spoke in a voice that was brutally menacing.

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    Marvin Dana

  • The guard tugged at it brutally to bring it within range of his vision.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • But to be good and brutally frank about it, what she suffers just now doesn't count with me.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "We want to go upstairs into your rooms," Macquart said to her brutally.


British Dictionary definitions for brutally

brutal

adjective
  1. cruel; vicious; savage
  2. extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
  3. harsh; severe; extremebrutal cold
Derived Formsbrutality, nounbrutally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for brutally

brutal

adj.

mid-15c., in reference to the nature of animals, from Latin brutus (see brute (adj.)) + -al (1). Of persons, "fierce," 1640s. Related: Brutally.

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