[ broot-l ]
/ ˈbrut l /


savage; cruel; inhuman: a brutal attack on the village.
crude; coarse: brutal language.
harsh; ferocious: brutal criticism; brutal weather.
taxing, demanding, or exhausting: They're having a brutal time making ends meet.
irrational; unreasoning.
of or relating to lower animals.

Origin of brutal

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin brūtālis. See brute1, -al1

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Synonym study

1. See cruel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brutal


/ (ˈbruːtəl) /


cruel; vicious; savage
extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
harsh; severe; extremebrutal cold

Derived Forms

brutality, nounbrutally, adverb
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