At their comming towards Canturburie (as it was bruted) the duke should haue béene murthered, The enuie of the Flemings.
The rumor hereof was bruted throughout the Citie, and euery man resorted thither to see it.
It was also bruted, that his bodie was buried in the monasterie of saint Andrewes of the Cisteaux order.
early 15c., "of or belonging to animals," from Middle French brut "coarse, brutal, raw, crude," from Latin brutus "heavy, dull, stupid," an Oscan word, from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Before reaching English the meaning expanded to "of the lower animals." Used of human beings from 1530s.
1610s, from brute (adj.).