Definition of brutalism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbro͞odlˌizəm/


A style of architecture or art characterized by a deliberate plainness, crudity, or violence of imagery. The term was first applied to functionalist buildings of the 1950s and 1960s that made much use of steel and concrete in starkly massive blocks.
Example sentences
  • Its architecture was very much of its time; it was not seductive or inviting, but its brutalism was not so fierce as to prevent it becoming an object of local affection.
  • They are hideous examples of concrete brutalism, dilapidated and badly-run and best demolished.
  • Various departments inhabit a ramshackle collection of buildings up and down Holloway Road, ranging through arts and crafts, neo-Georgian, brutalism and postmodernist junk.



Pronunciation: /ˈbro͞odləst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The last time architects took such ‘risks’ in Boston, during the urban renewal era of the early 1960s, the results included the brutalist City Hall - voted regularly by Bostonians as the most hated building in their city.
  • He agrees that, aside from their occasional beauty, there is also a compelling, authoritarian power in these brutalist buildings.
  • Inside, brutalist walls made of concrete terrazzo effectively highlight the intricate craftsmanship of works ranging from 18 th-century needlework to 19 th-century hand-painted hatboxes.

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Syllabification: bru·tal·ism

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