: 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 RussiansWalter Lippmann
: the greater part : burden

Examples of brunt in a Sentence

the brunt of the responsibility fell on her shoulders
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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brunt was in 1769

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“Brunt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brunt. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the main force or stress (as of an attack)
the brunt of the storm

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