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brutal

[broot-l] /ˈbrut l/
adjective
1.
savage; cruel; inhuman:
a brutal attack on the village.
2.
crude; coarse:
brutal language.
3.
harsh; ferocious:
brutal criticism; brutal weather.
4.
taxing, demanding, or exhausting:
They're having a brutal time making ends meet.
5.
irrational; unreasoning.
6.
of or pertaining to lower animals.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin brūtālis. See brute1, -al1
Related forms
brutally, adverb
hyperbrutal, adjective
hyperbrutally, adverb
nonbrutal, adjective
nonbrutally, adverb
overbrutal, adjective
overbrutally, adverb
Synonyms
1. ferocious, brutish, barbarous. See cruel. 2. gross, rude, rough, uncivil. 6. bestial, beastly, animal.
Antonyms
1. kind. 6. human.
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British Dictionary definitions for brutal

brutal

/ˈbruːtəl/
adjective
1.
cruel; vicious; savage
2.
extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
3.
harsh; severe; extreme: brutal cold
Derived Forms
brutality, noun
brutally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for brutal
adj.

mid-15c., in reference to the nature of animals, from Latin brutus (see brute (adj.)) + -al (1). Of persons, "fierce," 1640s. Related: Brutally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for brutal

brutal

adjective

Excellent; great (1960s+ Students)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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