\ 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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body, bulk, chief, core, generality, heft [archaic], main, mass, staple, weight

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Examples of brunt in a Sentence

the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders

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Those cuts, which Saudi Arabia has borne the brunt of, are due to expire at the end of June. Matt Egan, CNN, "America's oil boom will break more records this year. OPEC is stuck in retreat," 10 June 2019 Women will bear the brunt of an impending care crisis. Phoebe Potter,, "Tory Leadership Candidates Calling Themselves "Feminist" Is Meaningless," 10 June 2019 While Trump insisted that Mexico would bear the brunt of escalating tariffs, most U.S. business leaders saw a potential disaster for the auto industry, agriculture and numerous other industries. Noah Bierman,, "Trump claims victory, but the U.S.-Mexico pact is a compromise, and tentative," 8 June 2019 Property owners in Inglewood will bear the brunt of those payments. Jason Henry, The Mercury News, "How Inglewood sidestepped voters when it took on millions in debt to cover up a deficit, then gave raises for executives," 8 June 2019 Texas would bear the brunt of those job losses, given its extensive trade network with Mexico. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "U.S. trade wars with China, Mexico will stunt global trade growth and cost American jobs, analysts say," 6 June 2019 The tour tries to keep numbers reasonable so homeowners don't have to bear the brunt of too many tourists. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "See inside Detroit's most eccentric houses on upcoming Weird Homes Tour," 5 June 2019 But poor taxpayers continue to bear the brunt of the IRS’ remaining force. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "It’s Getting Worse: The IRS Now Audits Poor Americans at About the Same Rate as the Top 1%," 30 May 2019 In a country that bears the brunt of climate change, it’s strange not hear about the devastation to the Great Barrier Reef, or the politicians who want to save it. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Swim, Sunnies, and Sustainability—What’s Up at Sydney’s Annual Resort Fashion Week," 21 May 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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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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