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.
- brutelike, adjective
- brutely, adverb
- bruteness, noun
Other definitions for brute (2 of 2)
to shape (a diamond) by rubbing with another diamond or a diamond chip.
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How to use brute in a sentence
Finally, Apple blocked hackers from trying “brute force” attacks over and over in rapid succession.Google says it’s too easy for hackers to find new security flaws | Bobbie Johnson | February 3, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
That wasn’t a prohibitively large number, and so some solvers, like Siddhartha Srivastava of Patna, India, powered forth with computational brute force to find the unique solution.
If you don’t own one or just want a bit more of a workout, then a wooden spoon and brute force will do the trick.Potatoes aren’t the only vegetables you should be mashing | Aaron Hutcherson | January 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Sinovac’s inactivated vaccine relies on a brute-force technology that has been around for hundreds of years.A drugmaker’s COVID-19 vaccine is 78% effective—but can it escape its spotty corporate history? | Grady McGregor | January 8, 2021 | Fortune
Only Cleveland’s Nick Chubb was better at extending plays with brute force.
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 | Julia Grinberg | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Arthur Chu | October 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Police ignored this advice and instead used brute force to remove Saylor.
“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 | Michael Weiss | July 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And on Game of Thrones, it's never wise to bet on good intentions over brute force.Game of Thrones’ 'The Watchers on the Wall': The Battle of Castle Black Is One For the Ages | Andrew Romano | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He has become by brute force of circumstances a sort of collectivist, puzzled only as to how much of a collectivist to be.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
The eyes of the huge brute opened instantly, and he had half risen before the loud report of the gun rang through the thicket.
Saying this he advanced towards the brute, but again the powerful hand of Mafuta seized him.
He recovered himself, however, in a moment, and fired—sending a ball into the brute which just touched the brain and stunned it.
It wasn't any scruple of mercy, for Hicks was as cold-blooded a brute as ever glanced down a gun-barrel.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for brute
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
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