- The definition of brunt means the main shock or responsibility.
- An example of a brunt is the hardest hit part of a car in an accident.
- An example of a brunt is having the main responsibility for all of the parts of a group project.
brunt definition by Webster's New World
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- the shock (of an attack) or impact (of a blow)
- the heaviest or hardest part: to bear the brunt of the blame
Origin: Middle English bront ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old Norse bruna, to rush
brunt definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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- The main impact or force, as of an attack.
- The main burden: bore the brunt of the household chores.
Origin: Middle English, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
brunt - Phrases/Idioms
see bear the brunt.