What does brutal mean?

brutal meaning in General Dictionary

Of or with respect to a brute as brutal nature

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  • punishingly harsh
  • resembling a beast; showing not enough human being sensibility
  • (of people or their particular actions) ready or disposed to inflict discomfort or putting up with
  • disagreeably direct and accurate
  • Of or related to a brute; because, intense nature.
  • Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal manners.

brutal meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., in mention of the type of creatures, from Latin brutus (see brute (adj.)) + -al (1). Of persons, "fierce," 1640s. Related: Brutally.


brutal - Spanish to English

violent


brutal - German to English

alias [Jam.] [sl.]

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  • bare-knuckled
  • beastly [unrestrainedly harsh] [archaic]
  • bestial
  • boarish [fig.]
  • brutal
  • savagely
  • brute
  • brutish
  • feral [savage]
  • harsh
  • jackbooted [fig.]
  • ruffianly
  • savage [fierce]
  • sledgehammer [fig.]
  • strong-arm
  • thuggish
  • vicious
  • viciously
  • violent
  • beastly [coll.] [esp. Br.] [very unpleasant]
  • beastly [Br] [coll.] [dated] [e.g. beastly hot]

brutal - French to English

violent

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  • harsh [harsh]
  • brutal

brutal meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Of or related to a brute; since, brutal nature.

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  • (a.) Like a brute; savage; harsh; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal ways.

Sentence Examples with the word brutal

They behaved in the most high-handed, brutal and truculent manner.

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