adjective Date: 1534 1. resembling, befitting, or typical of a brute or beast <
lived a short and brutish life as a slave
2. a. strongly and grossly sensual <
brutish gluttony
b. showing little intelligence or sensibility <
a brutish lack of understanding
Synonyms: see brutalbrutishly adverbbrutishness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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