[ broot ]
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  1. a nonhuman creature; beast.

  2. a brutal, insensitive, or crude person.

  1. the animal qualities, desires, etc., of humankind: Father felt that rough games brought out the brute in us.

  1. animal; not human.

  2. not characterized by intelligence or reason; irrational.

  1. characteristic of animals; of brutal character or quality.

  2. savage; cruel: brute force.

Origin of brute

First recorded in 1425–50; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin brūtus “heavy, devoid of feeling, irrational”

synonym study For brute

1. See animal.

Other words from brute

  • brutelike, adjective
  • brutely, adverb
  • bruteness, noun

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[ broot ]

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

Origin of brute

First recorded in 1900–05; back formation from bruting “rough hewing (of a diamond),” partial translation of French brutage literally, “a roughing,” equivalent to brut “rough, raw” + -age; see origin at brute1, -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use brute in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for brute


/ (bruːt) /

    • any animal except man; beast; lower animal

    • (as modifier): brute nature

  1. a brutal person

  1. wholly instinctive or physical (esp in the phrases brute strength, brute force)

  2. without reason or intelligence

  1. coarse and grossly sensual

Origin of brute

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

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