brutality

noun

bru·​tal·​i·​ty brü-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce brutality (audio)
plural brutalities
1
: the quality or state of being brutal
2
: a brutal act or course of action

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 on the Web Only a few weeks after the beginning of the war, and as Russian troops were retreating from Bucha and Irpin, the world started to learn about the sheer brutality of Russian forces and Russia’s disregard for international humanitarian law (the laws of armed conflict). Dr. Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 His death led to citywide protests against police brutality, unrest and rioting. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 9 Feb. 2024 Here, identities are always contingent, ordered off a prix fixe menu: best friends, slaves, custodians, victims of police brutality. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 Glazer juxtaposes the mundanity of their day-to-day with the brutalities of the camp next door. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2024 There are scenes of shocking brutality and palpable desperation. Seyward Darby, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2024 The first incident occurred in August 2020, after a summer of protests against police brutality that Abdullah helped organize as a leader of Black Lives Matter. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 But many high-profile legal cases involving police misconduct have yet to reach a trial — or never will — after years of tortuous investigations, further fueling a sense that the system is stacked against victims of police brutality. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024 Early in Pitchfork’s trajectory, the site seemed drawn to an entirely different kind of brutality. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brutality was in 1550

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“Brutality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brutality. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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brutality

noun
bru·​tal·​i·​ty brü-ˈtal-ət-ē How to pronounce brutality (audio)
plural brutalities
1
: the quality or state of being brutal
2
: a brutal act or course of action

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