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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 That hypothesis helped change the prevailing popular view at the time of Neanderthals as dimwitted and brutish, a notion increasingly discredited by new discoveries. NBC News, "Did Neanderthals bury their dead with flowers? Iraq cave yields new clues.," 19 Feb. 2020 The details were extracted from hundreds of leaked screen shots of multiple chat threads on topics ranging from the banal to the brutish. New York Times, "Charlottesville Lawsuit Puts Rising Intolerance on Trial," 28 Oct. 2019 Brian Heaton of Missouri City is cast as Stanley Kowalski, the brutish husband of Stella and an irritation to her sister, the fragile and neurotic Blanche DuBois. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "‘Hey, Stella!’ — Playhouse stages ‘Streetcar Named Desire’," 23 Jan. 2020 Every few minutes, a brutish little fish swims up, turns to sip air, and peels back to the dank. Anchorage Daily News, "The Alaska blackfish is in a class of its own," 28 Dec. 2019 Their battles can be nasty, brutish and very very long. Daniel Burke, CNN, "This 'Two Popes' actor reveals the secret to playing Pope Francis," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of brutish

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of brutish was in 1534

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“Brutish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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