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.
References in classic literature ?
Possessed myself of a strong stomach and a hard head, inured to hardship, cruelty, and brutality, nevertheless I found, as I came to manhood, that I unconsciously protected myself from the hurt of the trained-animal turn by getting up and leaving the theatre whenever such turns came on the stage.
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. But among the conflicting sensations which assailed her, there was neither shame nor remorse.
It was the beautiful young Frisian, who, seeing her father stretched on the ground, and the prisoner bending over him, uttered a faint cry, as in the first fright she thought Gryphus, whose brutality she well knew, had fallen in consequence of a struggle between him and the prisoner.
"Granted," said the young man; "but, in my opinion, it is you considerate, humane men, that are responsible for all the brutality and outrage wrought by these wretches; because, if it were not for your sanction and influence, the whole system could not keep foothold for an hour.
My first glimpse of his character was the cold brutality with which he treated Lady Ruth when she went to see him.
I hate bungling, and I hate brutality. To me there is something repugnant in merely striking a man with one's naked fist--faugh!
I suppose the girl had been attracted by a certain brutality in it.
Do you think yourself at liberty to invade the privacies of women of condition, without the least decency or notice?" "Why, what a pox is the matter now?" quoth the squire; "one would think I had caught you at--"--"None of your brutality, sir, I beseech you," answered she.
A youth passed in solitude, my best years spent under your gentle and feminine fosterage, has so refined the groundwork of my character that I cannot overcome an intense distaste to the usual brutality exercised on board ship: I have never believed it to be necessary, and when I heard of a mariner equally noted for his kindliness of heart and the respect and obedience paid to him by his crew, I felt myself peculiarly fortunate in being able to secure his services.
The man was small and rather old, so that the brutality of the act was thus accentuated.
"What's it matter to you now?" Trent said, with unintentional brutality. "You can't take it with you."
Mugridge's brutality to me was paid back in kind and with interest.