Examples of brutality in a Sentence
the brutalities of a prison
the police were accused of brutality for using excessive force in making arrests
Recent Examples of brutality from the Web
Trump put life in Kaepernick’s demonstration—a protest against police brutality—by urging owners to fire or bench players who refuse to stand for the anthem.
In the past three years, large demonstrations have swept across the country, beginning with protests against police brutality.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality continues to reverberate off the football field one weekend after Donald Trump alluded to it by calling for the firing of athletes who knelt during the national anthem.
Haneke, whose oeuvre includes Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, and The White Ribbon, is known for his spare aesthetic, keen social commentary, and tangible brutality.
By contrast, the refusal last year of Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers, to stand for pregame renditions of the national anthem, to protest against police brutality, was less effective.
Groups and individuals are working to ensure that women’s reproductive rights are protected, working to combat climate change, or showing up for Black Lives Matter to push back against police brutality.
Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 — as a protest against police brutality — has sparked national debate, including the opinions of President Trump.
Two years later, Los Angeles police beat Rodney King after a high-speed chase, and the ensuing trial and riots thrust the issue of racial bias and police brutality into the spotlight.
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First Known Use of brutality
Synonymsatrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, cruelty, cruelness, fiendishness, heartlessness, inhumanity, inhumanness, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, wantonness
Antonymsbenignity, compassion, good-heartedness, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness
Related Wordshard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, unfeelingness; fellness, ferociousness, ferocity, fierceness, grimness; bloodlust, bloodthirstiness, murderousness, sanguineness, sanguinity; cattiness, despitefulness, hatefulness, malevolence, maliciousness, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness; hardhandedness, harshness, heavy-handedness, oppressiveness
Near Antonymstenderness, warmheartedness, warmness, warmth; charitableness, clemency, leniency, mercifulness, mercy, pity
BRUTALITY Defined for English Language Learners
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Definition of brutality for Students
- … she wept and importuned Heaven with a recital of their brutality.
- —Jack London, The Call of the Wild
- the brutalities of prison
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