brut·​ish | \ ˈbrü-tish How to pronounce brutish (audio) \

Definition of brutish

1 : resembling, befitting, or typical of a brute or beast lived a short and brutish life as a slave
2a : strongly and grossly sensual brutish gluttony
b : showing little intelligence or sensibility a brutish lack of understanding

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brutishly adverb
brutishness noun

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brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity. a senseless and brutal war brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct. brutish stupidity bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts. bestial depravity feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals. the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses

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She is married to a brutish, drunken slob. as the months of recurrent combat dragged on, the daily existence of the soldiers became increasingly brutish
Recent Examples on the Web Alaric can never emerge as a fully three-dimensional figure, but in Boin’s hands he is lifted convincingly from the realm of brutish caricature. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020 Get into the pages, though, and the brutish story is far from romantic. Andrew Dansby,, "The 30 most essential books about Texas," 31 May 2020 On Westworld, hosts can be rewarded for their brutish lives among humans in a kind of robot heaven named the Sublime. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Hell of a Man-Made Heaven," 7 May 2020 In addition to the three women he was charged with attacking, three more who said they were attacked by Weinstein testified as part of an effort by prosecutors to show a pattern of brutish behavior on his part. Washington Post, "Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment," 24 Feb. 2020 Baklava is the structural engineer's reaction to ideas like mille-feuille; stiffen the bonding material with lots of aggregate (nuts) to provide a truly load-bearing item, with a rather brutish result. Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur, "The Structural Soundness of Your Favorite Desserts, According to Architects," 30 Jan. 2017 Mantel’s fullest achievement in the trilogy is the character of Cromwell himself, a brilliant strategist whose mean and sometimes brutish upbringing informs his understanding and manipulation of power. Dan Stewart, Time, "Hilary Mantel on Bringing Thomas Cromwell to 21st-Century Readers One Last Time," 6 Mar. 2020 The new study provides further evidence that Neanderthals were far more sophisticated than their brutish reputation suggests. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Neanderthals Really Liked Seafood," 30 Mar. 2020 The brutish leads — Gérard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere — treated females like walking vaginas who existed solely to service mankind. New York Times, "Nobody Messes With the Jesus (Except for John Turturro)," 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of brutish

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Brutish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brutish

: cruel, violent, and stupid : resembling or suggesting a beast


brut·​ish | \ ˈbrü-tish How to pronounce brutish (audio) \

Kids Definition of brutish

: being unfeeling and stupid

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