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brute

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[ broot ]
/ brut /
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noun
adjective
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Origin of brute

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1375–1425; late Middle English <Middle French <Latin brūtus heavy, devoid of feeling, irrational

synonym study for brute

1. See animal.

OTHER WORDS FROM brute

brutelike, adjectivebrutely, adverbbruteness, noun

Other definitions for brute (2 of 2)

brute2
[ broot ]
/ brut /

verb (used with object), brut·ed, brut·ing.
to shape (a diamond) by rubbing with another diamond or a diamond chip.

Origin of brute

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Back formation from bruting a rough hewing (of a diamond), partial translation of French brutage literally, a roughing, equivalent to brut rough, raw (see brute1) + -age-age
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How to use brute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brute

brute
/ (bruːt) /

noun
  1. any animal except man; beast; lower animal
  2. (as modifier)brute nature
a brutal person
adjective (prenominal)
wholly instinctive or physical (esp in the phrases brute strength, brute force)
without reason or intelligence
coarse and grossly sensual

Word Origin for brute

C15: from Latin brūtus heavy, irrational; related to gravis heavy
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