- a nonhuman creature; beast.
- a brutal, insensitive, or crude person.
- the animal qualities, desires, etc., of humankind: Father felt that rough games brought out the brute in us.
- animal; not human.
- not characterized by intelligence or reason; irrational.
- characteristic of animals; of brutal character or quality.
- savage; cruel: brute force.
- carnal; sensual.
Origin of brute1
- to shape (a diamond) by rubbing with another diamond or a diamond chip.
Origin of brute2
et tu, Brute
- and thou, Brutus!: alleged dying words of Julius Caesar uttered as his friend Brutus stabbed him.
Examples from the Web for brute
Brute is the story of Mac and Jesse, two disenfranchised teens who turn to robbing houses as a form of recreation and quick cash.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
They knew that as much as they tried to make up for it with brute force, their cultural power was nil.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.Iran’s Top Spy Is the Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré’s Villainous Mastermind
July 2, 2014
To the Americans, however, the invasion was “not to ratify a victory already won; it was to seize that victory by brute force.”D-Day Was The Largest And One Of The Bloodiest Invasions In History
James A. Warren
June 6, 2014
“The Bulgarian Brute,” the excitable announcers called Rusev.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
The very drunk have the intuition sometimes of savages or brute beasts.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I believe every man's a brute when the woman he loves defies him.The Bacillus of Beauty
That brute of a Bouquet came spying about my castle, and I did but defend myself.The Boy Life of Napoleon
From brute beasts you have restored us to the condition of men again.Tanglewood Tales
But hunting does not make one wholly a brute, crying, 'Kill, kill!'A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- any animal except man; beast; lower animal
- (as modifier)brute nature
- a brutal person
- wholly instinctive or physical (esp in the phrases brute strength, brute force)
- without reason or intelligence
- coarse and grossly sensual
Word Origin and History for brute
early 15c., "of or belonging to animals," from Middle French brut "coarse, brutal, raw, crude," from Latin brutus "heavy, dull, stupid," an Oscan word, from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Before reaching English the meaning expanded to "of the lower animals." Used of human beings from 1530s.
1610s, from brute (adj.).