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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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  • BP bears the brunt of the report's stinging criticism, but not all of it.
  • How interesting that the staff must always be take the brunt of criticism.
  • Now relatively unskilled youngsters are bearing the brunt of the recession.
  • In my state, the universities always bear the brunt of an economic crisis.
  • As usual, civilians are bearing the brunt of the misery.
  • The governor will bear the brunt of the political fallout.
  • And it is the public sector that will bear the brunt of the coming crunch.
  • Food is disappearing from shelves and farmers are bearing the brunt.
  • Quite the opposite: let the financial bear the brunt of the storm.
  • Singaporeans do not bear the brunt of the economic downturn.
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.

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