brute

2
[broot]

Origin of brute

2
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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brute

noun
    1. any animal except man; beast; lower animal
    2. (as modifier)brute nature
  1. a brutal person
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

Word Origin for brute

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

brute

adj.

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.

brute

n.

1610s, from brute (adj.).

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