Brunt Brunt (br[u^]nt), n. [OE. brunt, bront, fr. Icel. bruna to rush; cf. Icel. brenna to burn. Cf. {Burn}, v. t.] 1. The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the strength or greatest fury of any contention; as, the brunt of a battle. [1913 Webster]

2. The force of a blow; shock; collision. ``And heavy brunt of cannon ball.'' --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

It is instantly and irrecoverably scattered by our first brunt with some real affair of common life. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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