heat or utmost assault of a beginning the power or biggest fury of every contention once the brunt of a battle
- primary power of a blow etc
- heat, or utmost assault, of an onset; the strength or biggest fury of every assertion; since, the brunt of a battle.
- The force of a blow; shock; collision.
very early 14c., "a sharp blow," of unsure origin, possibly from Old Norse brundr "intimate temperature," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief power" is first attested 1570s.
(v. t.) The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the power or biggest fury of every assertion; as, the brunt of a battle.
- (v. t.) The power of a blow; surprise; collision.
The Theban contingent fought bravely on behalf of Grecian liberty in the decisive battle of Chaeroneia, and bore the brunt of the slaughter.