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verb (used with object), brut·ed, brut·ing.
  1. to shape (a diamond) by rubbing with another diamond or a diamond chip.
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Origin of brute2

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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Historical Examples

  • Stones of fancy shape, such as square, or cushion shape, have to be formed in part by hand rubbing or "bruting" as it is called.

    A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public

    Frank Bertram Wade

British Dictionary definitions for bruting


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

C15: from Latin brūtus heavy, irrational; related to gravis heavy
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Word Origin and History for bruting



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.

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1610s, from brute (adj.).

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