brutus

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Brutus definition


A character in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare; one of the assassins of Julius Caesar. (SeeBrutus is an honorable man,” “Et tu, Brute?andFriends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”)

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Brutus definition


An ancient Roman politician who helped assassinate his friend Julius Caesar.

Note: Brutus is a leading character in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare.
Note: Caesar is said to have addressed Brutus with the words Et tu, Brute? (“Even you, Brutus?”) as Brutus stabbed him. This sentence has become a proverbial response to betrayal.
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