\ 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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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 And the site's community managers bore the brunt of the abuse. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Book tells the inside story of how Reddit came to be the Internet’s “id”," 30 Dec. 2018 To be sure, multinational companies like Boeing Co. and Caterpillar Inc. would face the brunt of the impact from a trade war. WSJ, "Small-Caps Are Surging, but Their Haven Status Is in Jeopardy," 23 July 2018 But Americans who are uninsured may easily be left out to dry and face the full brunt of a list price. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "3 Key Lessons From Trump's Drug Price Feud With Pfizer," 11 July 2018 The defender often faces the brunt of opposition fans and Suarez admitted a player can only take so much before reacting, especially when chants involve a players personal life., "Luis Suarez Throws Support Behind 'Provocative' Pique & Insists He Didn't Influence Coutinho Move," 8 Feb. 2018 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries itself agreed to cut only 800,000 barrels a day of output based on October output levels with Saudi Arabia bearing the brunt while Iran, Libya and Venezuela gained exemptions. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Oil Market Will Help OPEC Do Its Job," 11 Dec. 2018 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

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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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