brutish

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adjective brut·ish \ ˈbrü-tish \

Definition of brutish

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

brutishly

adverb

brutishness

noun

Examples of brutish in a Sentence

  1. She is married to a brutish, drunken slob.

  2. as the months of recurrent combat dragged on, the daily existence of the soldiers became increasingly brutish

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First Known Use of brutish

1534

Synonym Discussion of brutish

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

BRUTISH Defined for English Language Learners

brutish

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adjective

Definition of brutish for English Language Learners

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


BRUTISH Defined for Kids

brutish

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adjective brut·ish \ ˈbrü-tish \

Definition of brutish for Students

:being unfeeling and stupid


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