brutal

[ broot-l ]
/ ˈbrut l /

adjective

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.

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Origin of brutal

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

synonym study for brutal

1. See cruel.

OTHER WORDS FROM brutal

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British Dictionary definitions for brutal

brutal
/ (ˈbruːtəl) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of brutal

brutality, nounbrutally, adverb
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