\ 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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the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders
Recent Examples on the Web The months-long delay in enacting the legislation stemmed from Murphy's concerns that young people, particularly those in Black and Latino communities, would continue to bear the brunt of arrests and citations. Mike Catalini, Star Tribune, "After long wait, New Jersey moves ahead on recreational pot," 22 Feb. 2021 Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities bear the brunt of the climate crisis, usually due to discriminatory zoning laws. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "SZA Is Fighting for Climate Justice, One Tree at a Time," 17 Feb. 2021 Even brass swan taps lovingly sourced from estate sales inevitably bear the brunt of so much handwashing—and hand-wringing. Kelsey Keith, ELLE Decor, "Why Powder Rooms Are the Best Place in the House to Take Decorating Risks," 17 Feb. 2021 The blackouts were avoiding areas of critical infrastructure like hospitals, meaning that other areas would bear the brunt. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Why the massive power outages in Texas are so much worse than California's summer blackouts," 16 Feb. 2021 School closures have pulled women out of the labor force to bear the brunt of all the juggling that has to go on at home. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Biden Is Too Timid on School Reopening," 12 Feb. 2021 The moving belts bear the brunt of the grinding work to speed up the process, but the principles are similar to that of a whetstone. Adrienne Donica, Popular Mechanics, "How to Sharpen a Knife (in 8 Simple Steps)," 10 Feb. 2021 Industries such as hospitality and travel continue to bear the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic, and their recovery largely remains dependent on expanding the country's vaccination administration program, according to the CBO. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "GDP set for strongest growth in 17 years in 2021: CBO," 1 Feb. 2021 Yet restaurants and gyms continue to bear the brunt of COVID-19 restrictions. Shirley Leung,, "Restaurant reservations are off 78 percent, business foot traffic is down 50 percent. Should Boston loosen COVID-19 restrictions?," 21 Jan. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Brunt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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