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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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Synonyms for brunt


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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The brunt of its deals will kick off on Thursday, November 22nd at 5PM when stores will first open doors for Black Friday shoppers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Target’s early access Black Friday deals include Beats headphones, a 55-inch TCL 4K HDR TV, and more," 1 Nov. 2018 As in the rest of the Central Valley, poverty and child poverty rates are among the highest in the state, and the region stands to bear the brunt of Trump administration cuts to healthcare, housing and other public services. Jazmine Ulloa,, "Why these California Republicans keep winning in Democratic-leaning districts," 22 May 2018 Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota will take the brunt of it: As of Wednesday afternoon, these states have blizzard and winter storm warnings in effect and many schools and businesses are expected to be closed through Thursday. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "A Bomb Cyclone Will Slam 70 Million People Across the U.S. Because Winter Just Won't Quit," 13 Mar. 2019 Much as the dog still manages to eat so much homework, pets and babies sometimes bear the brunt of the blame for bruises caused by cosmetic work. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "The Stealthy Lies People Tell to Cover up Their Plastic Surgery," 26 Feb. 2019 Buying houseplants is my way of striking back after being made the brunt of a particularly mean, ugly joke by Chicago weather. Cindy Dampier,, "#PlantShelfie: Houseplants are having a social media moment," 1 May 2018 This made her a prominent target for American shells, and the aging battleship ended up taking the brunt of incoming American fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunken Japanese World War II Battleship Discovered Off Solomon Islands," 7 Feb. 2019 In both cases, the urban wealthy and middle classes have disproportionately borne the brunt. Diana Choyleva, WSJ, "Why China’s New Year Wasn’t Very Festive," 13 Feb. 2019 The two cars sustained the brunt of the damage in the 12-car wreck. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "Watch: Wild and memorable NASCAR crashes at Talladega Superspeedway," 27 Apr. 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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