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Definition of brunt

1 : the principal force, shock, or stress (as of an attack) bear the brunt of the storm the brunt of the struggle with the German army fell upon the Russians— Walter Lippmann
2 : the greater part : burden

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Examples of brunt in a Sentence

the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders
Recent Examples on the Web Women still bear the brunt of both childcare and elder care. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 25 June 2022 Whenever there are increasing restrictions on abortions, the most vulnerable and marginalized groups bear the brunt of the burden — and that includes young people, Klafeta said. Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune, 24 June 2022 Teachers bear the brunt of the shrinking spaces of teaching and sweeping changes in curriculum. Theodora Yu, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 Ahead, experts explain why people assigned female at birth tend to bear the brunt of migraine. Kirsten Nunez, SELF, 22 June 2022 Furthermore, the governor said New Mexico and other border states would bear the brunt of adverse economic and social impacts likely to arise from the influx of migrants without additional planning by the federal government. Julia Musto, Fox News, 16 June 2022 The records also indicate that Texas taxpayers could bear the brunt of the costs. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 16 June 2022 Large economic disparities within the bloc mean that fragile and highly indebted southern European economies such as Italy and Spain bear the brunt of higher borrowing costs. Tom Fairless, WSJ, 10 June 2022 Systemic biases continue to exist in workplaces around the world, and women who are perceived as the cultural ‘other’ are often more likely to bear the brunt of these biases. Sally Percy, Forbes, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brunt

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brunt

Middle English

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30 Jun 2022

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“Brunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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Kids Definition of brunt

: the main force or stress (as of an attack) The coast received the brunt of the storm.

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