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brutality

brutality

noun bru·tal·i·ty \brü-ˈta-lə-tē\

: cruel, harsh, and usually violent treatment of another person

plural bru·tal·i·ties

Full Definition of BRUTALITY

1
:  the quality or state of being brutal
2
:  a brutal act or course of action

Examples of BRUTALITY

  1. the brutalities of a prison
  2. <the police were accused of brutality for using excessive force in making arrests>

First Known Use of BRUTALITY

1549

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