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[bruhnt] /brʌnt/
the main force or impact, as of an attack or blow:
His arm took the brunt of the blow.
Origin of brunt
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
thrust, stress, burden. Unabridged
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  • It was a distressing time; and poor Jerusha Abbott, being the oldest orphan, had to bear the brunt of it.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
  • The brunt of the toil, the duty of being pioneer, fell on Mayo.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The unfortunate Guerrier was also worthy of her title, for she bore the brunt of the battle.

    The Battle and the Breeze R.M. Ballantyne
  • HIS face then had borne the brunt; hers had been turned away from inquisition.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • We will bear the brunt of it, out of our fatherly affection for you.

    Flowers of Freethought George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for brunt


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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Word Origin and History for brunt

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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