Simple Definition of brutal
: extremely cruel or harsh
: very direct and accurate in a way that is harsh or unpleasant
: very bad or unpleasant
Full Definition of brutal
Examples of brutal
Sailors sometimes faced brutal punishments like whipping.
a brutal struggle for survival in the wilderness
The writer describes the dangers of drugs with brutal honesty.
The movie is a brutal depiction of the war.
The traffic was brutal on the way to work.
I had a brutal headache this morning.
Origin of brutal
Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin brutalis, from Latin brutus — more at brute
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of brutal
BRUTAL Defined for Kids
Definition of brutal
: cruel and harsh <brutal treatment>
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