brutal
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin brutalis, from Latin brutus — more at brute Date: 15th century 1. archaic typical of beasts ; animal 2. befitting a brute: as a. grossly ruthless or unfeeling <
a brutal slander
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b. cruel, cold-blooded <
a brutal attack
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c. harsh, severe <
brutal weather
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d. unpleasantly accurate and incisive <
the brutal truth
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e. very bad or unpleasant <
a brutal mistake
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brutally adverb Synonyms: brutal, brutish, bestial, feral mean characteristic of an animal in nature, action, or instinct. brutal applies to people, their acts, or their words and suggests a lack of intelligence, feeling, or humanity <
a senseless and brutal war
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. brutish stresses likeness to an animal in low intelligence, in base appetites, and in behavior based on instinct <
brutish stupidity
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. bestial suggests a state of degradation unworthy of humans and fit only for beasts <
bestial depravity
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. feral suggests the savagery or ferocity of wild animals <
the struggle to survive unleashed their feral impulses
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  • brutal — brutal, ale, aux [ brytal, o ] adj. • XIVe; bas lat. brutalis, de brutus 1 ♦ Vx Qui tient de la brute (1o). ⇒ 2. animal, bestial. Mod. La force brutale (opposé à la force morale de la raison) . 2 ♦ (Personnes) Qui use volontiers de violence, du… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • brutal — BRUTÁL, Ă, brutali, e, adj. (Despre oameni şi manifestările lor) Lipsit de delicateţe, aspru, dur, violent; grosolan, necioplit. ♦ Care este direct, fără menajamente. O sinceritate brutală. – Din fr. brutal. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • brutal — brutal, ale (bru tal, ta l ) adj. 1°   Tenant de la brute. •   Il y a tant de gens qui se laissent entraîner à leurs appétits brutaux, DESCARTES . •   Les pauvres.... au fond de leurs demeures champêtres, vivant au gré d un instinct brutal et à… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • brutal — BRUTAL, ALE. adj. Tenant de la bête brute, grossier, féroce, emporté. Homme brutal. Esprit brutal. Courage brutal. Valeur brutale. Passion brutale. Le trait est brutal. [b]f♛/b] On dit d Une franchise imprudente et peu ménagée, Une franchise… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • brutal — brutal, brute, brutish, bestial, beastly, feral are not close synonyms, though all suggest a likeness to or the nature of a lower animal and all, especially as applied to persons, tend to express strong derogation. Brutal is almost exclusively… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • brutal — Brutal, [brut]ale. adj. Tenant de la beste brute, grossier, feroce, emporté. Appetit brutal. homme brutal. esprit brutal. courage brutal. valeur brutale. Il s employe aussi substant. C est un brutal. un franc brutal …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Brutal — Bru tal, a. [Cf. F. brutal. See {Brute}, a.] 1. Of or pertaining to a brute; as, brutal nature. Above the rest of brutal kind. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brutal — adjetivo 1. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Que se realiza con violencia o crueldad: Denunciamos a la policía su brutal comportamiento. El ladrón me dio una paliza brutal que me dejó innumerables lesiones. 2. (antepuesto / pospuesto) Uso/registro:… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Brutal — Студийный альбом Bogshed Дата выпуска август 1987 Жанры …   Википедия

  • brutal — Adj std. (16. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus spl. brūtālis unvernünftig, tierisch , dieses aus l. brūtus schwerfällig, stumpf, gefühllos . Abstraktum: Brutalität.    Ebenso nndl. bruut, ne. brute, brutal, brutish, nfrz. brute, brutal, nschw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Brutal — ist: ein Adjektiv, siehe Brutalität Brutal − Paws of Fury, ein Videospiel von 1994 Filmtitel: Brutal (2007), ein US amerikanischer Film von Ethan Wiley von 2007 Brutal (2011), ein US amerikanischer Film von Kamal Ahmed von 2011 Diese Seit …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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