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brute

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adjective \ˈbrüt\

Definition of brute

  1. 1 :  of or relating to beasts <the ways of the brute world>

  2. 2 :  inanimate 1a <a brute object>

  3. 3 :  characteristic of an animal in quality, action, or instinct: such asa :  cruel, savage <brute violence>b :  not working by reason <brute instinct>

  4. 4 :  purely physical <brute strength> <brute force>

  5. 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

Origin and Etymology of brute

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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brute

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Definition of brute

  1. 1 :  beast

  2. 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>

Origin and Etymology of brute

see 1brute


First Known Use: 1611


BRUTE Defined for English Language Learners

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brute

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adjective \ˈbrüt\

Definition of brute for English Language Learners

  • : very strong or forceful

  • : very harsh


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brute

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Definition of brute for English Language Learners

  • : a cruel, rough, or violent man


BRUTE Defined for Kids

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brute

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adjective \ˈbrüt\

Definition of brute for Students

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


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brute

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noun

Definition of brute for Students

  1. 1 :  a four-footed animal especially when wild

  2. 2 :  a cruel or rough person



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