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brunt

[bruhnt] /brʌnt/
noun
1.
the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow:
His arm took the brunt of the blow.
Origin of brunt
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English; perhaps orig. sexual assault; akin to Old Norse brundr, German Brunft heat, ruttish state, Old English brunetha heat, itching; cognate with Old High German bronado. See burn1
Synonyms
thrust, stress, burden.
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brunt

/brʌnt/
noun
1.
the main force or shock of a blow, attack, etc (esp in the phrase bear the brunt of)
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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n.

early 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire." Meaning "chief force" is first attested 1570s.

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