Definition of brutal in English:

Share this entry

brutal

Pronunciation: /ˈbruːt(ə)l/

adjective

1Savagely violent: a brutal murder
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
1.1Unpleasant or harsh: the brutal morning light
More 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 observations
More 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.
Synonyms
unsparing, unstinting, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, bald, naked, stark, blunt, direct, straight, straightforward, frank, outspoken, forthright, plain-spoken;
heartless, severe;
complete, total, unequivocal, unambiguous

Origin

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).

Words that rhyme with brutal

footle, pootle, refutal, rootle, tootle

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: bru¦tal

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Related Words