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noun, plural bru·tal·i·ties.
  1. the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
  2. a brutal act or practice.
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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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Related Words for brutality

savagery, inhumanity, cruelty, barbarity, barbarism, atrocity, fierceness, grossness, sadism, ferocity

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Word Origin and History for brutality


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

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