[ UK /bɹˈuːtə‍l/ ]
[ US /ˈbɹutəɫ/ ]
  1. punishingly harsh
    a brutal winter
    the brutal summer sun
  2. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    a barbarous crime
    Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
    brutal beatings
    vicious kicks
    a savage slap
    cruel tortures
  3. disagreeably direct and precise
    he spoke with brutal honesty
  4. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility
    a dull and brutish man
    a bestial nature
    bestial treatment of prisoners
    brute force
    beastly desires
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How To Use brutal In A Sentence

  • In 2005, the Mugabe government launched what it called a slum clearance scheme, that bulldozed major shantytowns, brutally displacing hundreds of thousands of people. CNN Transcript Mar 24, 2007
  • McCarthy remains dismissive of the allegations and defensive of the former sergeant, saying he was "brutalized" by his colleagues, in particular, by a few senior officers "exerting locker room peer pressure" in the department ranks. MPNnow Home RSS
  • But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Think Progress » IRS building in Utah evacuated, two employees taken out on stretchers after reports of white powder.
  • His answer was brutal, harsher than he had ever meant.
  • Possibly one of the most compassionate pieces of music ever made, it asks us, no, arranges that we see the plight of what I'll be brutal and call a lovelorn drag queen with such intense empathy that when the singer hurts him, we do too. Archive 2009-02-01
  • Infused then with the enlightenment only a brutal smackdown from a celestial being can provide, Jacob sets out to make peace with his brother, no matter the cost.
  • There is ample evidence, prosecutors say, that the police were ordered to make their killings as brutal as possible.
  • Why, I wonder, don't these novels ever depict a brave new world that's learned its lesson, one that's loving and gentle instead of harsh and brutal?
  • Sturges was also quick to spot the feral intensity of Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine's brutal boorishness, using them to give Bad Day At Black Rock its seething core of twisted hatred.
  • HISTORY buffs still wax poetic about the brutal patent battles a century ago between the Wright brothers and Glenn Curtiss, another aviation pioneer.
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