- 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.
Origin of brutal
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1. ferocious, brutish, barbarous. 2. gross, rude, rough, uncivil. 6. bestial, beastly, animal.
1. See cruel.
1. kind. 6. human.
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Examples from the Web for brutally
There is a brutally honest section of the book about how you fell out of love with your wife, and essentially chose soccer.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
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The course Jackson taught at VMI, “Natural and Experimental Philosophy,” was brutally difficult.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
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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
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Instead they allegedly went crazy in the streets of Cambridge, assaulting strangers and brutally raping one young man.Libyan Troops Go Wild in England
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Brutally, Ms. Grande, to be a true diva you need to have lived a bit.Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva
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"You will find that you are up against a hell of a frost," she would declare, brutally.
He paused for an instant, then spoke in a voice that was brutally menacing.
The guard tugged at it brutally to bring it within range of his vision.Slaves of Mercury
But to be good and brutally frank about it, what she suffers just now doesn't count with me.The Harbor
"We want to go upstairs into your rooms," Macquart said to her brutally.The Fortune of the Rougons
- cruel; vicious; savage
- extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
- harsh; severe; extremebrutal cold
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Word Origin and History for brutally
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