A horrible murder with lots of blood and gore is an example of a brutal murder.
- Obs. of or belonging to beasts; animal
- like a brute; cruel and unfeeling; savage, violent, ruthless, etc.
- very harsh or rigorous: a brutal winter
- plain and direct, although distressing in effect: brutal facts
Origin of brutalMiddle English and Old French from Medieval Latin brutalis
- Extremely ruthless or cruel.
- Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
- Harsh; unrelenting: a brutal winter in the Arctic.
- Disagreeably precise or penetrating: spoke with brutal honesty.
(comparative more brutal, superlative most brutal)
From Medieval Latin brutalis (“savage, stupid”), from brūtus (“dull, stupid”).