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[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.

brute2

[broot] /brut/
verb (used with object), bruted, bruting.
1.
to shape (a diamond) by rubbing with another diamond or a diamond chip.
Origin
back formation from bruting a rough hewing (of a diamond), partial translation of French brutage literally, a roughing, equivalent to brut rough, raw (see brute1) + -age -age
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Examples from the web for brutes
  • Research suggests the so-called brutes fashioned tools, buried their dead, maybe cared for the sick and even conversed.
  • It needs the kind of brutes that forge new nations with vision, blood, steel and sweat.
  • He stops then and fixes us with gold-flecked wolf eyes, as if to divine what these peculiar brutes are doing in wolf country.
  • Among the brutes, the weaker are driven to the wall, the diseased fall out in the race of life.
  • Superficially the contagion of these brutes was upon me, but deep down within me the laughter and disgust struggled together.
  • The brutes did their best to worry him, butting their muzzles at him.
  • What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text in the face and behavior of children, babes, and even brutes.
  • In this drama, a youthful bard is beaten by a bunch of brutes.
  • Football coaches will do almost anything to deliver a booster shot to their beefed-up brutes.
  • In the last degree with scarce a quality to stamp their existence of a higher order than that of brutes.
British Dictionary definitions for brutes

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 brutes

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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