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verb (used with object)
to voice abroad; rumor (used chiefly in the passive and often followed by about): The report was bruited through the village.
Medicine/Medical. any generally abnormal sound or murmur heard on auscultation.
Archaic. rumor; report.
Archaic. noise; din; clamor.
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Origin of bruit
1400–50; late Middle English (noun) <Anglo-French, Old French, noun use of past participle of bruire to roar <Vulgar Latin *brūgere, a conflation of Latin rūgīre to bellow and Vulgar Latin *bragere;see bray1
OTHER WORDS FROM bruitbruiter, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH bruitbruit , brute
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How to use bruit in a sentence
His fame was gradually bruited abroad, and as years rolled on he became widely known as "the Enchanter of the North."Baron Bruno|Louisa Morgan
Yet on that iron balcony all the innermost mysteries of the James family are blazoned and bruited to the entire village.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1|William James
The dramatic incidents which had taken place in the small boudoir had not been much bruited abroad.The Elusive Pimpernel|Baroness Emmuska Orczy
The suspicion was soon bruited among the less as well as the more wary.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
Next day it is bruited abroad in a circle of ten miles that there has been a miracle.The Apostles|Ernest Renan
British Dictionary definitions for bruit
/ (bruːt) /
(tr; often passive usually foll by about) to report; rumourit was bruited about that the king was dead
med an abnormal sound heard within the body during auscultation, esp a heart murmur
- a rumour
- a loud outcry; clamour
Word Origin for bruit
C15: via French from Medieval Latin brūgītus, probably from Vulgar Latin bragere (unattested) to yell + Latin rugīre to roar
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