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

Examples of brutish in a Sentence

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

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The ones who are most helpful to the kids are themselves divorced from society in some way or another: the neurotic Joyce; the brutish, alcohol-dependent Hopper; and the abrasive conspiracy theorist Murray. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, "The New Season of “Stranger Things” Shows the Limits of Kids Saving the World," 9 July 2019 Since 2013, history buffs have been on a wild ride following Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the rest of his brutish bunch on Vikings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Vikings' Show Is Officially Cancelled and Fans Are Devastated," 8 Jan. 2019 Clostermann, a Frenchman, joined the RAF after the fall of France in 1940 and ended up flying Spitfires and then the big brutish Hawker Tempests. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 That night, the audience seemed almost too eager to congratulate itself on being above and beyond the play’s brutish men and suffering women. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "For all its horrors, ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ at Seattle Rep feels uncomfortably comforting," 15 Oct. 2018 What Google has built is a vastly more intelligent sibling to the brutish long exposure. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google gives the Pixel camera superhuman night vision," 14 Nov. 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 The scion of a respected family of Shiite scholars, he was once derided as unlearned and brutish by fellow Shiite public figures. Washington Post, "Surprise showing by maverick cleric could shake up Iraq’s relations with the U.S.," 15 May 2018 Hugin, who was head of drugmaker Celgene, will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez in what is expected to a particularly brutish general-election campaign. Thomas Fitzgerald,, "Pharma exec Bob Hugin wins Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in New Jersey," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of brutish

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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