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brute1

[broot] /brut/
noun
1.
a nonhuman creature; beast.
2.
a brutal, insensitive, or crude person.
3.
the animal qualities, desires, etc., of humankind:
Father felt that rough games brought out the brute in us.
adjective
4.
animal; not human.
5.
not characterized by intelligence or reason; irrational.
6.
characteristic of animals; of brutal character or quality.
7.
savage; cruel:
brute force.
8.
carnal; sensual.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin brūtus heavy, devoid of feeling, irrational
Related forms
brutelike, adjective
brutely, adverb
bruteness, noun
Synonyms
1. See animal.
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British Dictionary definitions for brutelike

brute

/bruːt/
noun
1.
  1. any animal except man; beast; lower animal
  2. (as modifier): brute nature
2.
a brutal person
adjective (prenominal)
3.
wholly instinctive or physical (esp in the phrases brute strength, brute force)
4.
without reason or intelligence
5.
coarse and grossly sensual
Word Origin
C15: from Latin brūtus heavy, irrational; related to gravis heavy
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Word Origin and History for brutelike

brute

adj.

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.

n.

1610s, from brute (adj.).

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