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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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective People too often use passwords that are too easy to guess or crack through brute force, or use same passwords across dozens of accounts, or don't do enough to keep them passwords out of the hands of hackers. David Nield, Wired, "Don't Ignore Chrome's New Password Checkup Feature," 19 Jan. 2020 But there are other ways to improve the long-term survival of your genes, and that's where evolution gets a little bit more complicated than just brute-force reproduction. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Why killer whales—and humans—evolved menopause," 16 Dec. 2019 OpenBullet automates a number of hacking tactics like credential stuffing and brute force attacks. Dan Patterson, CBS News, "Cybercriminals are doing big business in the gaming chat app Discord," 21 Oct. 2019 The 5-foot-10, 222-pound Moss has 200 carries for 1,246 yards with 15 touchdowns and runs with the brute force of an even bulkier back. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks DC Andy Avalos: Utah’s Tyler Huntley, Zack Moss lead ‘the most explosive offense that we’re going to play thus far’," 4 Dec. 2019 The film ends not with a bang, but with the whimper of an assassin whose inability to communicate through anything but brute force has left him alone and unloved. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "From ‘The Irishman’ to Mister Rogers, what it means to be a man is getting real," 29 Nov. 2019 Don't stake a claim and defend it with brute force. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, "Knee Defenders and stinky cheese: Crafty ways to reclaim your personal space when you fly," 22 Nov. 2019 This spartan operation is typical of the often unseen blue-collar foundation of the Internet Age economy, where brute force, not gigabytes, reigns. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "In manufacturing Midwest, signs of trouble amid good times," 29 Oct. 2019 Channeling brute force into every aspect of its plan, Michigan built a 17-0 lead by halftime, widened that advantage early in the fourth quarter and finished off the Fighting Irish with another touchdown in the last minutes of regulation. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Why'd it take so long for Michigan football to look this good?," 27 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the beauty of the world brute necessity becomes an object of love. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Traditionally trophies are measured by weight rather than inches of antlers, and by that standard, these thick-necked brutes are the pinnacle of whitetail bucks. Bryce M. Towsley, Field & Stream, "6 Best Deer Rifles for Hunting The Big Woods," 11 Nov. 2019 Not only did the young prime minister fritter away his brute majority, slipping into a vortex of controversies, his tinkering of India’s socio-religious fabric also left India deeply unstable. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "Rajiv Gandhi: The man who opened a can of worms at the Babri mosque," 9 Nov. 2019 Price for these brutes wasn’t available yet, but the earliest products to ship will be the cutoff saw, breaker, handheld core drill and drum machine drain cleaner, and even those won’t ship until February 2020. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Green Buildings Are the New Thing, But What About Green Construction Sites?," 31 Oct. 2019 For those who prefer their Michigan football simple and direct, this brute display of force was a thing of a beauty. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football obliterates Notre Dame with a five-man sledgehammer," 27 Oct. 2019 Children’s Memorial added activity to this mix, yet the modernist buildings of its architectural hodgepodge, especially a brute 800-space parking garage, stood apart from the street or flat-out blighted it. Blair Kamin,, "Column: The Lincoln Common district emerges in Lincoln Park — more city-friendly than the hospital it replaced, but still not a vital urban hub," 30 Sep. 2019 For those who prefer their Michigan football simple and direct, this brute display of force was a thing of a beauty. Rainer Sabin, USA TODAY, "Michigan used five-man sledgehammer to take down No. 7 Notre Dame," 20 Sep. 2019 Modern possessions have made for more noxious fuels as electronics and plastics dominate, and a deeper understanding of fire and smoke behavior has changed extinguishing strategy, although the brute physical labor of attacking fires hasn’t changed. Hillary Davis,, "Fire Chief Chip Duncan to retire after 32 years serving Newport Beach," 12 July 2019

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

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3 Feb 2020

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“Brute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: very strong or forceful
: very harsh



English Language Learners Definition of brute (Entry 2 of 2)

: a cruel, rough, or violent man


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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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