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brute force

Also,brute strength. Savage violence, unreasoning strength, as in We hope that reason will triumph over brute force. Although this expression is also used literally to mean exceptional physical power, the figurative sense reflects the origin for brute, which comes from Latin brutus, for “heavy, stupid, unreasoning.” [ First half of 1700s ]
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  • The latter relied on miracles, the former appealed to brute force.

  • A power stronger than brute force is sweeping through the world.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • In the last resort a savage can only assert his rights by brute force.

  • How sad it is that in this world right is so often subordinate to brute force!

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • I became as the caveman, who by brute force would win his mate.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

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