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brutish

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adjective brut·ish \ˈbrü-tish\

Simple Definition of brutish

  • : cruel, violent, and stupid : resembling or suggesting a beast

Full Definition of brutish

  1. 1 :  resembling, befitting, or typical of a brute or beast <lived a short and brutish life as a slave>

  2. 2 a :  strongly and grossly sensual <brutish gluttony> b :  showing little intelligence or sensibility <a brutish lack of understanding>

brut·ish·ly adverb
brut·ish·ness noun

Examples of brutish

  1. She is married to a brutish, drunken slob.

  2. <as the months of recurrent combat dragged on, the daily existence of the soldiers became increasingly brutish>



1534

First Known Use of brutish

1534

Synonym Discussion of brutish

brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity <a senseless and brutal war>. brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct <brutish stupidity>. bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts <bestial depravity>. feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals <the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses>.

Rhymes with brutish



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