Brutus

[ broo-tuh s ]
/ ˈbru təs /

noun

Marcus Jun·ius [joon-yuh s] /ˈdʒun yəs/, 85?–42 b.c., Roman provincial administrator: one of the assassins of Julius Caesar.

Definition for brutus (2 of 2)

et tu, Brute

[ et too broo-tey ]
/ ɛt ˈtu ˈbru teɪ /

Latin.

and thou, Brutus!: alleged dying words of Julius Caesar uttered as his friend Brutus stabbed him.

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British Dictionary definitions for brutus

Brutus

/ (ˈbruːtəs) /

noun

Lucius Junius (ˈluːʃəs ˈdʒuːnɪəs). late 6th century bc, Roman statesman who ousted the tyrant Tarquin (509) and helped found the Roman republic
Marcus Junius (ˈmɑːkəs ˈdʒuːnɪəs) ?85–42 bc, Roman statesman who, with Cassius, led the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar (44): committed suicide after being defeated by Antony and Octavian (Augustus) at Philippi (42)

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Culture definitions for brutus (1 of 2)

Brutus

A character in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare; one of the assassins of Julius Caesar. (SeeBrutus is an honorable man,” “Et tu, Brute?andFriends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”)


Culture definitions for brutus (2 of 2)

Brutus

An ancient Roman politician who helped assassinate his friend Julius Caesar.


Note

Brutus is a leading character in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.

Note

Caesar is said to have addressed Brutus with the words Et tu, Brute? (“Even you, Brutus?”) as Brutus stabbed him. This sentence has become a proverbial response to betrayal.
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