Definition of brutal
- thee, Serpent … to me so friendly grown above the rest of brutal kind
- —John Milton
- a brutal slander
- the brutal truth
- a brutal mistake
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.
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: extremely cruel or harsh
: very direct and accurate in a way that is harsh or unpleasant
: very bad or unpleasant
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