brutality

[ broo-tal-i-tee ]
/ bruˈtæl ɪ ti /

noun, plural bru·tal·i·ties.

the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
a brutal act or practice.

Nearby words

  1. brussen,
  2. brut,
  3. brutal,
  4. brutalise,
  5. brutalism,
  6. brutalize,
  7. brutally,
  8. brute,
  9. brute force,
  10. brute-force attack

Origin of brutality

First recorded in 1540–50; brutal + -ity

Related formso·ver·bru·tal·i·ty, noun, plural o·ver·bru·tal·i·ties.

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Word Origin and History for brutality

brutality

n.

1630s, "savage cruelty, inhuman behavior," from brutal + -ity. Literal sense "condition or state of a brute" is from 1711.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper