\ˈbrənt \

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

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June has felt the brunt of Gilead’s extreme sexism as the rebellious handmaid of Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes)., "The Handmaid's Tale Still Has A White Female Privilege Problem," 11 July 2018 Countries whose debt is issued in dollars particularly feel the brunt of rising yields, some analysts said, since the strength of the dollar often increases alongside Treasury yields. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "Government Bond Yields Climbed in 2nd Quarter on Trade Tensions, Slower Growth," 30 June 2018 Before the sectional tournament a year ago, Falkenstein felt the brunt of an elbow from Floyd Central’s Braxton Cerqueria in a play near second base. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Shortstop Bailey Falkenstein hopes to help Jeffersonville at sectional," 22 May 2018 Even as national GDPs grow and more citizens gain access to education and health services, communities surrounding mining sites feel the brunt of the mining industry’s downsides, rather than benefits. Renard Sexton, Washington Post, "China is fueling a new ‘resource curse’ — and riots around the world," 25 Apr. 2018 Webber felt trapped and took the brunt of the blame for the scandal. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Chris Webber ready to return to Michigan, despite wounds still not healed," 29 June 2018 The airport is pouring $74 million into replacing the 75-foot center portion of the north runway — the area that takes the brunt of the impact from plane landings — with concrete. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "A million fewer people will fly out of Fort Lauderdale airport next summer. Here's why," 19 June 2018 China will bear the brunt of a trade war with the US, says Yu Miaojie, deputy director of the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University in Beijing. Molly Jackson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In a US-China trade war, big losers include ... BMW? Taiwan?," 12 July 2018 Even though companies like McDonald’s produce more garbage than local eateries, small businesses would bear the brunt of styrofoam bans. Camille Harmer, Fortune, "How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse," 12 July 2018

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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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