brute

1 of 2

adjective

1
: of or relating to beasts
the ways of the brute world
2
: inanimate sense 1a
a brute object
3
: characteristic of an animal in quality, action, or instinct: such as
a
: cruel, savage
brute violence
b
: not working by reason
brute instinct
4
: purely physical
brute strength
brute force
5
: unrelievedly harsh
brute facts
brute necessity

brute

2 of 2

noun

1
: beast
2
: one who lacks intelligence, sensitivity, or compassion : a brutal person

Examples of brute in a Sentence

Adjective They used brute force to open the door. the brute fact of getting old Noun Let go of me, you brute! it is a fundamental sense of right and wrong that separates us from the brutes
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
But sometimes brute material forces determine success or failure. Shadi Hamid, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 People have tried just about everything to get rid of wasps: fire, boiling water, electricity, traps, poison and brute force. Hannah Hoag, USA TODAY, 28 May 2024
Noun
Frustrated, the brute grabbed Silverglad and flung him to the sidewalk before running off. Sheetal Banchariya, New York Daily News, 11 Feb. 2024 The real brutes are not those trying to defend the land, but the people seeking to destroy it. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 See all Example Sentences for brute 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Middle French brut rough, from Latin brutus brutish, literally, heavy; akin to Latin gravis heavy — more at grieve

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of brute was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brute. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

brute

1 of 2 adjective
1
: of or relating to beasts
2
: typical of beasts : like that of a beast
brute force
brute strength

brute

2 of 2 noun
1
2
: a brutal person

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