What does brunt mean?

brunt meaning in General Dictionary

heat or utmost assault of a beginning the power or biggest fury of every contention once the brunt of a battle

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  • 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.

brunt meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.


brunt meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the power or biggest fury of every assertion; as, the brunt of a battle.

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  • (v. t.) The power of a blow; surprise; collision.

Sentence Examples with the word brunt

The Theban contingent fought bravely on behalf of Grecian liberty in the decisive battle of Chaeroneia, and bore the brunt of the slaughter.

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