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Synonyms and Antonyms of brutality

  1. 1 disposition to willfully inflict pain and suffering on others <the police were accused of brutality for using excessive force in making arrests> Synonyms atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, cruelty, cruelness, fiendishness, heartlessness, inhumanity, inhumanness, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, wantonnessRelated Words hard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, unfeelingness; fellness, ferociousness, ferocity, fierceness, grimness; bloodlust, bloodthirstiness, murderousness, sanguineness, sanguinity; cattiness, despitefulness, hatefulness, malevolence, maliciousness, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness; hardhandedness, harshness, heavy-handedness, oppressivenessNear Antonyms tenderness, warmheartedness, warmness, warmth; charitableness, clemency, leniency, mercifulness, mercy, pityAntonyms benignity, compassion, good-heartedness, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness

  2. 2 the manifestation of the traits or the gratification of the appetites of a lower animal <the disconcerting ease with which the people adopted the brutality of the enemy invaders> Synonyms animalism, animality, beastliness, bestiality, brutishness, swinishnessRelated Words carnality, physicality, sensuality; boorishness, coarseness, crudeness, grossness, loutishness, rudeness; barbarity, cruelty, sadism, savagery, viciousness, wantonnessNear Antonyms intellectuality, spirituality; greatheartedness, high-mindedness, magnanimity, nobility; beneficence, benevolence, benignity, compassion, good-heartedness, kindheartedness, kindliness, kindness, tenderheartedness

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