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.
Origin and Etymology of brutal
Middle English, from Medieval French or Medieval Latin; Medieval French, from Medieval Latin brutalis, from Latin brutus — more at brute
First Known Use: 15th century
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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