[ broot ]
/ brut /



Nearby words

  1. brutalise,
  2. brutalism,
  3. brutality,
  4. brutalize,
  5. brutally,
  6. brute force,
  7. brute-force attack,
  8. brutely,
  9. brutify,
  10. brutish

Origin of brute

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

Related formsbrute·like, adjectivebrute·ly, adverbbrute·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See animal.


[ 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

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

et tu, Brute

[ et too broo-tey ]
/ ɛt ˈtu ˈbru teɪ /


and thou, Brutus!: alleged dying words of Julius Caesar uttered as his friend Brutus stabbed him. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for brute


/ (bruːt) /


  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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Word Origin and History for brute
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