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Sunday, December 04, 2016
Definitions for bruit
  1. to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about ): The report was bruited through the village.
  2. Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
  3. Archaic. rumor; report.

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Citations for bruit
I have also heard it bruited about that you'd like to be governor. Howard Fast, The Establishment, 1979
... the peoples and the provinces were at peace and the preachers prayed for them from the pulpits, and their report was bruited abroad and the travellers bore tidings of them to all lands. , The Thousand and One Nights, translated by Richard Francis Burton, 1885
Origin of bruit
late Middle English
1400-1450
Bruit entered English in the 1400s from late Middle English. It ultimately derives from the Vulgar Latin brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre “to bellow” and Vulgar Latin bragere “to neigh.”
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