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.
To the Americans, however, the invasion was “not to ratify a victory already won; it was to seize that victory by brute force.”
“It was no brute whom Smiley was pursuing with such mastery, no unqualified fanatic after all, no automaton,” le Carré writes.
Well may the British mother tremble at the horrid sound, and pity the wretched Israelitish female, thus sunk below the brute.
The very drunk have the intuition sometimes of savages or brute beasts.
Uttering the curious sound peculiar to grizzlies, the brute made as though it would approach still closer.
From brute beasts you have restored us to the condition of men again.
Whoever was able to know Rolland's inmost essence, acquired, as in the ancient saga, new energy for the wrestle with brute force.
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.).