brutal


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bru·tal

 (bro͞ot′l)
adj.
1. Extremely ruthless or cruel.
2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
3. Harsh; unrelenting: a brutal winter in the Arctic.
4. Disagreeably precise or penetrating: spoke with brutal honesty.

bru′tal·ly adv.

brutal

(ˈbruːtəl)
adj
1. cruel; vicious; savage
2. extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
3. harsh; severe; extreme: brutal cold.
bruˈtality n
ˈbrutally adv

bru•tal

(ˈbrut l)

adj.
1. savage; cruel; inhuman.
2. crude; coarse: brutal language.
3. harsh; severe: a brutal storm.
4. accurate or direct, but displeasing: a brutal fact.
5. of or pertaining to animals; beastly.
[1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin brūtālis]
bru′tal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.brutal - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or sufferingbrutal - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
2.brutal - harsh; "the brutal summer sun"; "a brutal winter"
intense - possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree; "intense heat"; "intense anxiety"; "intense desire"; "intense emotion"; "the skunk's intense acrid odor"; "intense pain"; "enemy fire was intense"
3.brutal - resembling a beastbrutal - resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
4.brutal - disagreeably direct and precise; "he spoke with brutal honesty"
direct - straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach"

brutal

brutal

adjective
Causing sharp, often prolonged discomfort:
Translations
، قاسٍ جِدّا، وَحْشيوَحُشِيّ
brutálnísurový
brutal
raaka
brutalan
grimmur, hrottalegur
残忍な
잔인한
žvėriškas
okruten
brutal
โหดร้าย
tàn bạo

brutal

[ˈbruːtl] ADJ
1. (= savage) [person, murder, attack] → brutal; [tone, remark] → cruel
the government's brutal treatment of political prisonersla brutalidad or la crueldad con la que el gobierno trata a los prisioneros políticos
2. (= stark) [honesty, frankness] → descarnada; [reality] → crudo; [change] → brutal
3. (= harsh) [weather, climate] → crudo, riguroso

brutal

[ˈbruːtəl] adj [killing, suppression] → brutal(e); [scene, film] → violent(e); [frankness, honesty] → brutal(e); [person] → brutal(e)

brutal

adjbrutal

brutal

[ˈbruːtl] adjbrutale

brute

(bruːt) noun
1. an animal other than man. My dog died yesterday, the poor brute; (also adjective) brute force.
2. a cruel person.
ˈbrutal adjective
very cruel or severe. a brutal beating.
bruˈtality (-ˈtӕ-) noun
ˈbrutish adjective
of, or like, a brute. brutish manners.

brutal

وَحُشِيّ brutální brutal brutal κτηνώδης brutal raaka brutal brutalan brutale 残忍な 잔인한 bruut brutal brutalny brutal жестокий brutal โหดร้าย vahşi tàn bạo 残忍的

brutal

a. brutal, bruto-a.
References in classic literature ?
They are only brutal because that is their make; brutes would be brutal if it was THEIR make.
All the bystanders were horrified, and asked him what he could mean by such brutal and inhuman conduct.
It is a moving sight this, of so many men of the earth, earthy, who never cared anything for a ship, trampling unconcerned, brutal and hob-nailed upon her helpless body.
Traders in the avarice, indifference, or imbecility of parents, and the helplessness of children; ignorant, sordid, brutal men, to whom few considerate persons would have entrusted the board and lodging of a horse or a dog; they formed the worthy cornerstone of a structure, which, for absurdity and a magnificent high-minded LAISSEZ-ALLER neglect, has rarely been exceeded in the world.
She seemed to be venting upon this poor defenseless creature all the hatred, cruelty, ferocity, and spite of her nine hundred years, backed by unguessable ages of fierce and brutal ancestors.
It is one of the bitterest apportionments of a lot of slavery, that the negro, sympathetic and assimilative, after acquiring, in a refined family, the tastes and feelings which form the atmosphere of such a place, is not the less liable to become the bond-slave of the coarsest and most brutal,--just as a chair or table, which once decorated the superb saloon, comes, at last, battered and defaced, to the barroom of some filthy tavern, or some low haunt of vulgar debauchery.
You'll stay here a minute," said he, in a deep, brutal voice, while his nostrils distended and his eye shot a spark of sinister fire.
It is possible that Strickland hated the normal release of sex because it seemed to him brutal by comparison with the satisfaction of artistic creation.
The brutal and bloody interruption by Tha, the mad priest, passed vividly before the ape-man's recollective eyes, the flight of the votaries before the insane blood lust of the hideous creature, the brutal attack upon La, and his own part of the grim tragedy when he had battled with the infuriated Oparian and left him dead at the feet of the priestess he would have profaned.
Did this brutal, blaspheming, drunken bully take revenge on his daughter, like the ruthless fathers of the Greek drama?
But, then, Victor can be brutal sometimes, can't he?
The motives of those who thronged from all sides to Moscow after it had been cleared of the enemy were most diverse and personal, and at first for the most part savage and brutal.