Definition of brutal
1 archaic : typical of beasts : animal thee, Serpent … to me so friendly grown above the rest of brutal kind — John Milton
2 : suitable to one who lacks intelligence, sensitivity, or compassion : befitting a brute: such asa : grossly ruthless or unfeeling a brutal slanderb : cruel, cold-blooded a brutal attackc : harsh, severe brutal weatherd : unpleasantly accurate and incisive the brutal truthe : very bad or unpleasant a brutal mistake
brutallyplay \-təl-ē\ adverb
Examples of brutal in a Sentence
Sailors sometimes faced brutal punishments like whipping.
a brutal struggle for survival in the wilderness
The writer describes the dangers of drugs with brutal honesty.
The movie is a brutal depiction of the war.
The traffic was brutal on the way to work.
I had a brutal headache this morning.
Recent Examples of brutal from the Web
Ricky Gray was the last Virginia inmate to be executed in January for killing two young girls in a brutal 2006 home invasion.
The juxtaposition was even more brutal than the Star-Ledger had hoped for: After seeing the photos of Christie apparently making ample use of public property while barring everyone else, residents of New Jersey blew up up on social media.
The pride of Cleveland EC3 defeated GFW/Impact Wrestling original Cowboy James Storm in a brutal strap match.
The show depicts a brutal world where horrible things happen.
Bryant’s husband, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam were acquitted by an all-white jury for the brutal murder.
Their bright, curious, adventurous son and brother was in an isolated country's prison system with a brutal history.
Botrytis is a common killer of peonies and a brutal scourge that has defied plant pathologists’ efforts to find a cure.
Cosplay in Australia, the brutal Calcio Storico Fiorentino in Florence, a hyperrealistic animatronic baby in Spain, the Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals in California, protests in Moscow, a terrible tower fire in England, and much more.
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Synonym Discussion of brutal
BRUTAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of brutal for English Language Learners
: extremely cruel or harsh
: very direct and accurate in a way that is harsh or unpleasant
: very bad or unpleasant
BRUTAL Defined for Kids
Definition of brutal for Students
: cruel and harsh brutal treatment
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