\ ˈbrənt How to pronounce brunt (audio) \

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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the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities in Prince George’s County and neighbors said the owner of a carport that bore the brunt of the impact was away on Christmas travel. Washington Post, "Local Digest: TSA finds second gun in two days at BWI," 22 Jan. 2020 In addition, China has promised to increase its purchases of U.S. exports by at least $200 billion over the next two years, reducing the trade gap even further and boosting prospects for American farmers, who have borne the brunt of the trade war. Andy Puzder And Bill Hagerty, WSJ, "China Surrenders to Reality in the Trade Dispute," 16 Jan. 2020 Their crimes do not match the Astros, who are technically on trial for sign-stealing but also may bear the brunt of a visceral disdain stemming from any number of events, most recently the Taubman debacle. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Severe punishment looms for Houston Astros in sign-stealing scandal," 10 Jan. 2020 As the world burns and Trump fundamentally changes the country, Republicans like Stevens and Galli seem more concerned with their reputations and the optics of the party than the people bearing the brunt of this administration’s brutality. Tina Vasquez, The New Republic, "Republicans Want to Make White Grievance Genteel Again," 6 Jan. 2020 The commercial sector here bears the brunt of property taxes because of the debilitating effects of layering TABOR and the Gallagher Amendment. Jamie Giellis, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: Taxes, fees and wages are killing Denver’s small businesses. We must save them.," 27 Dec. 2019 Australia’s wildfires have razed more than 1,000 homes in the past few months, with the most-populous state of New South Wales bearing the brunt. Washington Post, "Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town’s waterfront," 31 Dec. 2019 Australia’s wildfires have razed more than 1,000 homes in the past few months, with the most-populous state of New South Wales bearing the brunt. NBC News, "Raging wildfires trap 4,000 at Australian town's waterfront," 31 Dec. 2019 Small web companies with tighter budgets, however, would feel the brunt. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Big Tech’s Favorite Legal Shield Is in Danger," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

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“Brunt.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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

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