brutality

noun bru·tal·i·ty \ brü-ˈta-lə-tē \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of brutality

plural brutalities
1 : the quality or state of being brutal
2 : a brutal act or course of action

Examples of brutality in a Sentence

  1. the brutalities of a prison

  2. the police were accused of brutality for using excessive force in making arrests

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First Known Use of brutality

1550


BRUTALITY Defined for English Language Learners

brutality

noun

Definition of brutality for English Language Learners

  • : cruel, harsh, and usually violent treatment of another person


BRUTALITY Defined for Kids

brutality

noun bru·tal·i·ty \ brü-ˈta-lə-tē \

Definition of brutality for Students

plural brutalities
1 : the quality of being cruel and harsh
  • … she wept and importuned Heaven with a recital of their brutality.
  • —Jack London, The Call of the Wild
2 : a cruel and harsh act or course of action
  • the brutalities of prison


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