brutality


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bru·tal·i·ty

 (bro͞o-tăl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. bru·tal·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being ruthless, cruel, harsh, or unrelenting.
2. A ruthless, cruel, harsh, or unrelenting act.

bru•tal•i•ty

(bruˈtæl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
2. a brutal act or practice.
[1540–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brutality - the trait of extreme cruelty
cruelness, cruelty, harshness - the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
2.brutality - a brutal barbarous savage actbrutality - a brutal barbarous savage act  
atrocity, inhumanity - an act of atrocious cruelty

brutality

noun cruelty, atrocity, ferocity, savagery, ruthlessness, barbarism, inhumanity, barbarity, viciousness, brutishness, bloodthirstiness, savageness Her experience of men was of domination and brutality.

brutality

noun
A cruel act or an instance of cruel behavior:
Translations
وَحْشِيَّه، قَسْوَه شَديدَه
brutalitasurovost
brutalitetråhed
grimmd; grimmdarverk
brutalita
vahşîlikzalimlik

brutality

[bruːˈtælɪtɪ] N [of person] → brutalidad f; [of murder] → salvajismo m, crueldad f
see also police B

brutality

[bruːˈtælɪti]
n (= cruelty) [regime, murder] → brutalité f brutalities
npl (= cruel acts) → sévices mpl
the brutalities committed by them → les sévices qu'ils ont perpétrés

brutality

nBrutalität f

brutality

[bruːˈtælɪtɪ] nbrutalità

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.
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She felt as if a mist had been lifted from her eyes, enabling her to took upon and comprehend the significance of life, that monster made up of beauty and brutality.
After the triumph of the international proletariat, war would of course be inconceivable; and who can figure the cost of war to humanity--not merely the value of the lives and the material that it destroys, not merely the cost of keeping millions of men in idleness, of arming and equipping them for battle and parade, but the drain upon the vital energies of society by the war attitude and the war terror, the brutality and ignorance, the drunkenness, prostitution, and crime it entails, the industrial impotence and the moral deadness?
Besides all, he had an overseer,--great, tall, slab-sided, two-fisted renegade son of Vermont--(begging your pardon),--who had gone through a regular apprenticeship in hardness and brutality and taken his degree to be admitted to practice.
He was born so, educated so, his veins were full of ancestral blood that was rotten with this sort of unconscious brutality, brought down by inheritance from a long procession of hearts that had each done its share toward poisoning the stream.
I wondered if he had done that piece of brutality purposely.
But no brutality disgusted her: I suppose she has an innate admiration of it, if only her precious person were secure from injury
Your lighter boxes of family papers went up-stairs into a Barmecide room, that always had a great dining-table in it and never had a dinner, and where, even in the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty, the first letters written to you by your old love, or by your little children, were but newly released from the horror of being ogled through the windows, by the heads exposed on Temple Bar with an insensate brutality and ferocity worthy of Abyssinia or Ashantee.
I was very much concerned for his misfortunes, and felt that any recognition short of ninepence would be mere brutality and hardness of heart.
But he presently presented himself under worthier circumstances; for, the Genius of Youthful Love being in want of assistance - on account of the parental brutality of an ignorant farmer who opposed the choice of his daughter's heart, by purposely falling upon the object, in a flour sack, out of the firstfloor window - summoned a sententious Enchanter; and he, coming up from the antipodes rather unsteadily, after an apparently violent journey, proved to be Mr.
But when a creature pretending to reason could be capable of such enormities, he dreaded lest the corruption of that faculty might be worse than brutality itself.
As he banged me down upon my feet his face was bent close to mine and I did the only thing a gentleman might do under the circumstances of brutality, boorishness, and lack of consideration for a stranger's rights; I swung my fist squarely to his jaw and he went down like a felled ox.
Paulvitch had taken to the jungle when he had seen the beasts of Tarzan and their savage lord swarm the deck of the Kincaid, and in his terror lest Tarzan pursue and capture him he had stumbled on deep into the jungle, only to fall at last into the hands of one of the savage cannibal tribes that had felt the weight of Rokoff's evil temper and cruel brutality.