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Meaning & Definition of Brutal in English

English

Brutal

/brutəl/

adjective

1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

  • "A barbarous crime"
  • "Brutal beatings"
  • "Cruel tortures"
  • "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"
  • "A savage slap"
  • "Vicious kicks"
    synonym:
  • barbarous
  • ,
  • brutal
  • ,
  • cruel
  • ,
  • fell
  • ,
  • roughshod
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • vicious

2. Harsh

  • "The brutal summer sun"
  • "A brutal winter"
    synonym:
  • brutal
  • ,
  • unrelenting

3. Resembling a beast

  • Showing lack of human sensibility
  • "Beastly desires"
  • "A bestial nature"
  • "Brute force"
  • "A dull and brutish man"
  • "Bestial treatment of prisoners"
    synonym:
  • beastly
  • ,
  • bestial
  • ,
  • brute(a)
  • ,
  • brutish
  • ,
  • brutal

4. Disagreeably direct and precise

  • "He spoke with brutal honesty"
    synonym:
  • brutal