brunt

noun
\ 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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Synonyms for brunt

Synonyms

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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Much as the dog still manages to eat so much homework, pets and babies sometimes bear the brunt of the blame for bruises caused by cosmetic work. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "The Stealthy Lies People Tell to Cover up Their Plastic Surgery," 26 Feb. 2019 Buying houseplants is my way of striking back after being made the brunt of a particularly mean, ugly joke by Chicago weather. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "#PlantShelfie: Houseplants are having a social media moment," 1 May 2018 This made her a prominent target for American shells, and the aging battleship ended up taking the brunt of incoming American fire. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Sunken Japanese World War II Battleship Discovered Off Solomon Islands," 7 Feb. 2019 In both cases, the urban wealthy and middle classes have disproportionately borne the brunt. Diana Choyleva, WSJ, "Why China’s New Year Wasn’t Very Festive," 13 Feb. 2019 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

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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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brunt

noun
\ 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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