- 1Savagely violent: a brutal murderMore example sentences
savage, cruel, bloodthirsty, vicious, ferocious, barbaric, barbarous, wicked, murderous, cold-blooded, hard-hearted, harsh; ruthless, callous, heartless, merciless, pitiless, remorseless, sadistic, unfeeling; inhuman, heinous, monstrous, abominable, atrocious, vile, infernal, uncivilized; bestial, brutish, beastly, animal
- This, of course, completely ignores both the fact that a brutal violent dictatorship has been overthrown, and that a significant regional threat to stability has been removed.
- She was then murdered in a brutal and savage attack.
- The tragedy of the savage, brutal murders perpetrated on two young mothers a few years ago still lingers.
- 1.1Unpleasant or harsh: the brutal morning lightMore example sentences
- Welcome the change from your peaceful existence to the harsh, brutal reality that is my world.
- It becomes nothing more than yet another idealisation of a brutal, unpleasant Truth.
- She turned, rubbing her head and squinting her eyes against the brutal morning sun.
- 1.2Direct and without attempting to disguise unpleasantness: the brutal honesty of his observationsMore example sentences
- Some weblogs, with their lacerating, brutal honesty, transport you to the extremities of human experience.
- But such brutal accountability is hard to find in the public sphere.
- His answer was brutal, harsher than he had ever meant.
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- I still have a scar on my lip and sharp pains in my stomach from being brutally kicked by the older soldiers.
- It is a brutally honest confession of the limited role North Africa played in the making of a major European artist.
- It was, of course, a horrific model that was brutally imposed on an unwilling people who did not want it.
late 15th century (in the sense 'relating to the lower animals'): from Old French, or from medieval Latin brutalis, from brutus 'dull, stupid' (see brute).