\ ˈbrüt How to pronounce brute (audio) \

Definition of brute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of brute (Entry 2 of 2)

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 Because of that, his brute-force attacks submitting many passwords and phrases at once in hopes of guessing correct logins to break into T-Mobile’s IT servers worked. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Doused in a fountain soda or a cool pour of lemonade, nugget ice becomes a chompable little snack in your drink, a sensory experience extending beyond the brute force of frozen. Lauren Joseph, Bon Appétit, 12 July 2022 Raine can have tact, like negotiating his team out of a dangerous basement, or use subtle brute force by sticking his finger into a fresh bullet wound in order to navigate difficult situations appropriately. Derek Scancarelli,, 7 July 2022 With these constraints, the Court is forcing the agency to approach the problem of carbon pollution with brute-force tools. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 30 June 2022 In many ways, his hero is the joke: a perpetual bull in a china shop for whom brute force is the default in any perilous situation, but who also has a humble, long-suffering, softie side. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 June 2022 The final message of Men is that for all their scary intent and brute-force behavior, men are inherently, almost cosmically pathetic creations. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 The key is the ability to brute-force the PIN that encrypts the data. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 24 May 2022 The Taiwanese government has been integral in protecting us from the brute force of the pandemic. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The imagery is unmistakable and centuries old: the brute and the maiden. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Now Biden’s job is to give the Ukrainians the tools to guarantee democracy’s survival and the brute’s defeat. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 26 Mar. 2022 Further leaning into its inevitable role as a pavement-dwelling brute, the Defender V8's Terrain Response system gains a new Dynamic mode, which sharpens the engine throttle response and stiffens up the adaptive dampers. Derek Powell, Car and Driver, 17 Feb. 2022 Bang makes Fjölnir an implacable brute, but not an unsympathetic one. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2022 The world has known for 20 years that Putin is a brute. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 26 Mar. 2022 By making physics do the work of computation for us, rather than brute-forcing it through a reality-screen of ones and zeroes. John Koetsier, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 The brute then begins to foot-stomp the woman – and does so seven times – and spits on her, according to police and the video. Fox News, 14 Mar. 2022 Barnhill nixed the human-eating brute of most fairy tales. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of brute


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for brute

Adjective and Noun

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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\ ˈbrüt How to pronounce brute (audio) \

Kids Definition of brute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of brute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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