brutalism

[ broot-l-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈbrut lˌɪz əm /
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noun

(in modern architecture) the aesthetic use of basic building processes with no apparent concern for visual amenity.

Nearby words

  1. brussels sprouts,
  2. brussen,
  3. brut,
  4. brutal,
  5. brutalise,
  6. brutality,
  7. brutalize,
  8. brutally,
  9. brute,
  10. brute force

Origin of brutalism

1795–1805, for literal sense; brutal + -ism; in reference to architecture first used by British architects Alison Smithson (born 1928) and Peter Smithson (born 1923) in 1953

Related formsbru·tal·ist, noun, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for brutalism

brutalism

/ (ˈbruːtəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

an austere style of architecture characterized by emphasis on such structural materials as undressed concrete and unconcealed service pipesAlso called: new brutalism
Derived Formsbrutalist, noun, adjective

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