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brutality

[broo-tal-i-tee] /bruˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural brutalities.
1.
the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
2.
a brutal act or practice.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; brutal + -ity
Related forms
overbrutality, noun, plural overbrutalities.
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  • Drunken fights and petty theft occurred alongside the anger over poverty and police brutality.
  • Blood transfusion is itself infused with brutality and legendry.
  • But for years, some diamonds have been sold illegally-with devastating results linking to war, blood and brutality.
  • Those who survived endured unimaginable hunger, thirst, and brutality-and an epic trek across the unmapped desert to freedom.
  • But brutality can produce the opposite effect, she argued.
  • But not all student protests were about the war: some were about racism, police brutality and even how colleges were run.
  • There are reports that some were treated with some brutality.
  • It is about raising awareness towards our tuition hikes and police brutality.
  • Completely blind, it is literally stabbing in the dark but it makes up for its imprecision with brutality.
  • Properly trained law enforcement officers are suitably equipped to take down a suspect without brutality.
Word Origin and History for brutality
n.

1630s, "savage cruelty, inhuman behavior," from brutal + -ity. Literal sense "condition or state of a brute" is from 1711.

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