brutal

[broot-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:
1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin brūtālis. See brute1, -al1

brutally, adverb
hyperbrutal, adjective
hyperbrutally, adverb
nonbrutal, adjective
nonbrutally, adverb
overbrutal, adjective
overbrutally, adverb


1. ferocious, brutish, barbarous. See cruel. 2. gross, rude, rough, uncivil. 6. bestial, beastly, animal.


1. kind. 6. human.
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brutal (ˈbruːtəl)
 
adj
1.  cruel; vicious; savage
2.  extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
3.  harsh; severe; extreme: brutal cold
 
bru'tality
 
n
 
'brutally
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

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

brutal definition


  1. mod.
    excellent; powerful. : Man, what a brutal tune!
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Example sentences
They felt that it was high-handed and brutal, and that it fixed an indelible
  blot on the national conscience.
However, at last all the guests had arrived and the usher's brutal monologue
  perforce came to an end.
The first couple of months were brutal, and also an insanely busy time at work.
Politics on a college campus can be as nasty, brutal, and toxic as it is
  anywhere.
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