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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Other Words from brutish

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 What really needs to happen is for the Republican party to be destroyed, from the brutish tyrants like Trump, to the Q-Anon flirts; from the ideologues like Ted Cruz, to the high-minded hucksters like Ben Sasse and Mitt Romney. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Ben Sasse Is a Fraud," 16 Oct. 2020 The statistical revolution in baseball has reduced the sport to a brutish simplicity: Pitchers want strikeouts, and batters want home runs. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Athletes Are Conquering Distance. Sports Will Never Be the Same.," 2 Oct. 2020 Scenes of showbiz ruthlessness are left to the man who is brutish enough to unscrew that bottle of ketchup. Armond White, National Review, "The Helen Reddy Biopic Brings Back a Self-Pitying Hit Parade," 16 Sep. 2020 Any call for Ginsburg to step down risked being cast as sexist, the brutish dismissal of a powerful older woman who refuses to shut up. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Fandom Around R.B.G. Is Out of Step With Reality," 12 Aug. 2020 No black voice could ever be more than a brutish squawk. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, "Speech and Slavery in the West Indies," 3 Aug. 2020 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

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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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28 Oct 2020

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“Brutish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 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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