\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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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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Other members fault overproduction from the Saudis and Emiratis for the price crash and think those countries should bear the brunt of cuts, Mr. Kazempour said. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Slides After OPEC Delays Decision on Level of Output Cuts," 6 Dec. 2018 The new populist Italian government came to power arguing that Italians unfairly bear the brunt of the influx -- and their EU neighbors should shoulder more of the burden. Alessandro Giovanni Borghese,, "Why European Tension Is Rising Over Migrants (Again)," 22 June 2018 Coupled with land mines laid by the Houthis to defend the city, aid workers fear civilians are bearing the brunt of the offensive. Farnaz Fassihi, WSJ, "Intensified Yemen Attacks Complicate U.S. Peace Plans," 9 Nov. 2018 Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict, which has killed over 10,000 people and sparked a cholera epidemic and humanitarian crisis. Edith M. Lederer, The Seattle Times, "UN humanitarian chief: 8.4 million Yemenis need urgent aid," 22 Oct. 2018 But those employees at the UN and other international organizations will likely feel the brunt of this policy change. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US won’t give visas to same-sex partners of UN officials anymore," 2 Oct. 2018 On-the-ground reporting also illustrated that the brunt of the housing damage will impact lower-income residents. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Flood insurance is broken," 20 Sep. 2018 Civilians have borne the brunt of the conflict that has killed over 10,000, crippled the country's health system and pushed it to the brink of famine. Fox News, "Group: Saudi-led coalition probes in Yemen lack credibility," 24 Aug. 2018 Entrusted with the brunt of the emoting, then, is the also uncommonly attractive cast of characters that elite tennis calls its fans, people like David and Victoria Beckham, Bradley Cooper, Justin Timberlake, and the British royal family. David Abrahams, Vogue, "At a Wimbledon Full of Unprecedented Twists and Turns, Scenes From On and Off the Court," 13 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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