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
Examples of brunt in a Sentence
the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders
Recent Examples of brunt from the Web
During a five-year run of real estate prosperity, some South Florida communities that bore the brunt of the excruciating housing collapse are enjoying the biggest spikes in value, homeowners and brokers say.
Rosneft, Russia’s largest oil producer, has borne the brunt of output cuts under the extension deal, which seeks to end a supply glut and prop up oil prices amid a three-year slump.
Paula Rosenblum, co-founder and retail analyst at RSR Research, believes the report overstates the risks, and says lower-tier shopping centers in particular would bear the brunt of the blow.
While the details of Monte dei Paschi’s deal are still being finalized, Italian taxpayers are expected to the bear the brunt of the cost.
Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, has borne the brunt of that criticism.
Led by the brunt force of Sylvia Fowles and a huge advantage off the boards, the Lynx drilled the Sun 82-68 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
On the ecological end, natural topography meant the Pine River received the brunt of toxic drainage and erosion from the factory.
The result: Microsoft bears the brunt of any hard feelings people harbor for America's richest man.
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Origin and Etymology of brunt
First Known Use: 1769See Words from the same year
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Definition of brunt for Students
: the main force or stress (as of an attack) The coast received the brunt of the storm.
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