On the one hand, everything about the city is made, a triumph of brute will and engineering over good sense.
And your current brand of persuasion entails tempering pushiness with aplomb, brute force with benevolence.
"Never been to Mexico in my life, brute," she said with a grin.
early 15c., "of or belonging to animals," from Middle French brut "coarse, brutal, raw, crude," from Latin brutus "heavy, dull, stupid," an Oscan word, from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Before reaching English the meaning expanded to "of the lower animals." Used of human beings from 1530s.
1610s, from brute (adj.).