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
Children often bear the brunt of unpaid meal accounts.
And, oh, the bird droppings. Norma Crader, 76, and her neighbor, Betty Robertson, 84, have taken the brunt of the abuse.
UKRAINE IN PAIN Although the attack was global in its reach, Ukraine bore the brunt.
Each state will have some discretion over which of its populations bear the brunt of any cuts.
The South Sound will feel the brunt of the heat wave: Olympia has a forecast high of 94 degrees.
But this state has yet to see the full brunt of the national opioid crisis.
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.
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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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