\ 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 On Thursday, communities east and south of San Francisco were bearing the brunt of the incoming smoke, according to The Chronicle’s air quality map. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Sep. 2021 Among those bearing the brunt of the pandemic have been undocumented women who greatly contribute to the U.S. economy and oftentimes occupy public-facing jobs like farmers, nurses, grocery store workers, retail workers, and servers. Jana Cholakovska,, 26 Aug. 2021 Oregon’s record-breaking summer surge has exposed a state divided, with people living in low-vaccination communities along Interstate 5 in southern Oregon and Interstate 84 in eastern Oregon bearing the brunt of the highly contagious delta variant. oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2021 So in this circumstance where absolutely the U.S. national security requirement was to maintain a presence on the ground, to help to frankly embolden and train the Afghans who were bearing the brunt of this and fighting for us. NBC News, 22 Aug. 2021 The notices issued in the past two weeks show that local governments are bearing the brunt of the pressure to reach a higher vaccination rate and to contain the spread of more transmissible variants. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Those on the front lines, the nation's flight attendants, are bearing the brunt of the violence. Mina Kaji, ABC News, 19 Aug. 2021 Haitians along the southern peninsula, which is bearing the brunt of the weather, have been struggling to deal with the effects of Saturday's 7.2 magnitude earthquake, already blamed for nearly 1,300 deaths., 16 Aug. 2021 The unvaccinated are bearing the brunt of the pain and suffering. Brian Stelter, CNN, 10 Aug. 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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10 Sep 2021

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\ ˈbrənt How to pronounce brunt (audio) \

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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