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Examples of bruit in a Sentence
a film that captures the thunderous fury of medieval warfare and the bruit of a thousand clashing swords
Origin and Etymology of bruit
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbabel, blare, bluster, bowwow, brawl, noise [archaic], cacophony, chatter, clamor, clangor, decibel (s), din, discordance, katzenjammer, racket, rattle, roar
Antonymsquiet, silence, silentness, still, stillness
Related Wordsdiscord, dissonance; commotion, furor, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly-burly, rumpus, tumult, uproar; clatter, jangle; bang, blast, boom, clap, crack, crash
Near Antonymscalm, hush, lull; quietude, serenity, tranquillity (or tranquility)
Did You Know?
Back in the days of Middle English, the Anglo-French noun bruit, meaning "clamor" or "noise," rattled into English. Soon English speakers were also using it to mean "report" or "rumor" (it applied especially to favorable reports). We also began using "bruit" as a verb the way we used (and still occasionally do use) the verb "noise," with the meaning "to spread by rumor or report" (as in "the scandal was quickly noised about"). The English noun "bruit" is now considered archaic, but the verb lives on.
First Known Use of bruit
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