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Definition of bruit in English:


[with object and adverbial]
Spread (a report or rumour) widely: I didn’t want to have our relationship bruited about the office
More example sentences
  • As Rennell says in a helpful appendix, the fact that Victoria accepted the ring is no evidence that they were secretly married as had been widely bruited in the 1860s when London society was agog with the notion that she had become Mrs Brown.
  • The latter is based on the widely bruited notion that Gillette Stadium is ‘entirely privately financed,’ which isn't altogether true since $70 million in state money was spent on the surrounding infrastructure.
  • As Langdon points out: ‘Fears of a Jesuit complot to undermine republican institutions by means of infiltration of these institutions with graduates of Jesuit schools were widely bruited in the 1870s.’


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1 archaic A report or rumour: the wildest bruits were greedily credited [mass noun]: is virtue to be established by common bruit only?
2 Medicine A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard through a stethoscope; a murmur.
Example sentences
  • Stenosis in the artery causes a swishing sound, which is heard as a bruit on auscultation and also may be felt as a thrill or slight vibration in the vessel on palpation.
  • An arterial bruit can be heard over the liver in 7% to 29% of patients and is thought to reflect the highly vascular nature of the tumor.
  • On physical examination, it is important to look for postural changes in vital signs, presence of arrhythmias, carotid bruits, visual problems, gait and balance abnormalities, lower extremity strength, and joint function.


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French bruit 'noise', from bruire 'to roar'.

Words that rhyme with bruit

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