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brute

adjective \ ˈbrüt \

Definition of brute

1 :of or relating to beasts
  • the ways of the brute world
2 :inanimate 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

Examples of brute in a Sentence

  1. They used brute force to open the door.

  2. the brute fact of getting old

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Origin and Etymology of brute

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


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brute

noun

Definition of brute

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

Examples of brute in a Sentence

  1. Let go of me, you brute!

  2. it is a fundamental sense of right and wrong that separates us from the brutes

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Origin and Etymology of brute

see 1brute


BRUTE Defined for English Language Learners

brute

adjective

Definition of brute for English Language Learners

  • : very strong or forceful

  • : very harsh


brute

noun

Definition of brute for English Language Learners

  • : a cruel, rough, or violent man


BRUTE Defined for Kids

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brute

adjective \ ˈbrüt \

Definition of brute for Students

:typical of beasts :like that of a beast
  • We used brute force to open the door.

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brute

noun

Definition of brute for Students

1 :a four-footed animal especially when wild
2 :a cruel or rough person


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