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1. Of or characteristic of a brute.
2. Crude in feeling or manner.
3. Sensual; carnal.
4. Rough; uncivilized: "the Mesabi Iron Range, a brutish stretch of maroon hillocks" (John McCormick).

brut′ish·ly adv.
brut′ish·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.brutishly - in an inhumane mannerbrutishly - in an inhumane manner; "she treated her husband bestially"
References in classic literature ?
Worse and worse, then; Alan must have fallen where he sat, and now sprawled brutishly, no doubt, upon the dining-room floor.
Lastly, I would like to add that I am troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said.
In the second encore they covered Talking Heads' Psycho Killer and gave a rapturouslygreeted It's So Easy before slithering into the night; masterfully precise and brutishly powerful.
JEROME BOATENG A multiple trophy winner - including a World Cup and a Champions League - Boateng is incredibly strong, tough-tackling and brutishly elegant.
The former Wales, Liverpool and Aston Villa striker patiently worked his way up from Wrexham in the Conference via Darlington to Wolves, before a brutishly short spell in the Championship ended with relegation and the sack.
Many of these were high-value luxury cars that had been brutishly chopped up, whilst another premises in the city centre was used exclusively to store engines ripped from the stolen cars.
While warlords had brutishly governed local areas in other parts of Afghanistan, Asmar's tribes avoided domination under a single authority for centuries.
A beefcake white jersey front-row of Trevor Woodman, Steve Thompson and Phil Vickery was brutishly strong, as is the combination of Adam Jones, Richard Hibbard and Gethin Jenkins.
I do not know, but the persons who allowed themselves, or designed themselves, to be filmed by Oppenheimer (6) are brutishly articulate about their purposes.
Yet when his name was announced pre-match, the acclaim was brutishly underwhelming.
THE weirdest bedfellows in Britain comprise the brutishly inarticulate EDL, Muslims and fundamentalist Christians.
Hareton's brutishly blank countenance, his stupid expression, his foolish grin become loaded physical descriptors in a culture whose popular medical theories (like physiognomy and phrenology) posit external forms as maps to interior qualities, especially in light of contemporary cultural discourse regarding idiocy.