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.
of or relating to lower animals.
- bru·tal·ly, adverb
- hy·per·bru·tal, adjective
- hy·per·bru·tal·ly, adverb
- non·bru·tal, adjective
- non·bru·tal·ly, adverb
- o·ver·bru·tal, adjective
- o·ver·bru·tal·ly, adverb
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How to use brutal in a sentence
The president’s record on immigration is brutal and horrendous.The GOP deserved to lose even worse. Here’s why it didn’t. | Michael Gerson | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
In Europe, where the vendor market appears limited to many publishers, this dynamic has been particularly brutal.How publishers can navigate the COVID-era vendor market | Revcontent | November 18, 2020 | Digiday
While brutal emotional injury is at the center of the novel, social change is what keeps the Opgard family saga churning.Jo Nesbo’s ‘The Kingdom’ is a suspenseful bundle of Norwegian noir that’s almost impossible to put down | Richard Lipez | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Kyle Allen sacked and took a brutal hit to his lower left leg.Four takeaways from Washington’s 23-20 loss to the Giants | Scott Allen | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
A nightmarish American election — in which the mortality of both candidates is often debated — is screeching to a close, the world is battling a deadly disease, and horrors like war crimes and brutal police tactics are on the rise.
There is a brutally honest section of the book about how you fell out of love with your wife, and essentially chose soccer.
The course Jackson taught at VMI, “Natural and Experimental Philosophy,” was brutally difficult.
It was a brutally hot day, 103 degrees, and the city was on the verge of a racial explosion.Honoring The Late John Doar, A Nearly Forgotten Hero Of The Civil Rights Era | Gary May | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead they allegedly went crazy in the streets of Cambridge, assaulting strangers and brutally raping one young man.
Brutally, Ms. Grande, to be a true diva you need to have lived a bit.
There was no more talk of shooting the prisoners, and Lawrence noticed that not one of them was insulted or treated brutally.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
But when it came to being brutally assaulted by Jaffery Chayne, she really thought Barbara would sympathise.Jaffery | William J. Locke
She wrote brutally; for mixed with her jealousy there was a savage anger with Owen as the cause of Laura's suffering.The Creators | May Sinclair
If he survives, he gets horribly, brutally drunk, and possibly does some mischief before he recovers.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
She knew M. Bastien capable of driving the preceptor brutally out of the house.The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for brutal
cruel; vicious; savage
extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
harsh; severe; extreme: brutal cold
- brutality, noun
- brutally, adverb
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