[broo-tuh s]


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

et tu, Brute

[et too broo-tey]


and thou, Brutus!: alleged dying words of Julius Caesar uttered as his friend Brutus stabbed him. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • If these letters influenced Brutus—and they must be taken to have done so, or else why were they introduced?

  • And now everything that Brutus does or says is Shakespeare's best.

  • There is some matter for surprise in the fact that Brutus is an ideal portrait of Shakespeare.

  • These instructions Brutus carried out with speed and fidelity.

  • Fortunately, he was able to give the orations of Brutus and Antony in full.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for brutus



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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Word Origin and History for brutus


A surname of the Junian gens. Association with betrayal traces to Marcus Junius Brutus (c.85 B.C.E.-42 B.C.E.), Roman statesman and general and conspirator against Caesar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

brutus in Culture


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.”)


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


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


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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