with respect to or resembling a brute or brutes of a cruel gross and stupid nature coarse unfeeling unintelligent
- resembling a beast; showing not enough real human sensibility
- with respect to, or resembling, a brute or brutes; of a harsh, gross, and stupid nature; coarse; unfeeling; unintelligent.
1530s, "pertaining to pets," from brute (letter.) + -ish. In reference to person brutes, from 1550s. Related: Brutishly; brutishness.
(a.) with respect to, or resembling, a brute or brutes; of a cruel, gross, and stupid nature; coarse; unfeeling; unintelligent.
In only two points can Rabelais be said to be definitely polemic. He certainly hated the monkish system in the debased form in which it existed in his time; he as certainly hated the brutish ignorance into which the earlier systems of education had suffered too many of their teachers and scholars to drop. At these two things he was never tired of striking, but elsewhere, even in the grim satire of the Chats fourres, he is the satirist proper rather than the reformer.