- The definition of brute is something animal-like or someone who does not have the ability to reason.
An example of brute used as an adjective is brute strength, which is extreme, physical strength.
- A brute is defined as a savage, insensitive or uncivilized person.
A person who is unkind and cruel is an example of a brute.
- lacking the ability to reason: a brute beast
- having no consciousness or feelings; insensate: the brute force of nature
- of or like an animal; specif., brutal, cruel, gross, sensual, stupid, etc.
Origin of bruteMiddle English and Old French brut from Classical Latin brutus, heavy, dull, irrational, via Osco-Umbrian from Indo-European base an unverified form gwer-, heavy from source Classical Greek barys, Classical Latin gravis
- an animal
- a person who is brutal or very stupid, gross, sensual, etc.
- An animal other than a human; a beast.
- A brutal, crude, or insensitive person.
- Of or relating to animals other than humans: “None of the brute creation requires more than food and shelter” ( Henry David Thoreau )
- Characteristic of a brute, especially:a. Entirely physical: brute force.b. Lacking or showing a lack of reason or intelligence: a brute impulse.c. Savage; cruel: brute coercion.d. Unremittingly severe: was driven to steal food through brute necessity.
- Coarse; brutish.
Origin of bruteFrom Middle English nonhuman from Old French brut from Latin brūtus stupid ; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more brute, superlative most brute)
- Without reason or intelligence (of animals). [from 15th c.]
- a brute beast
- Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans). [from 16th c.]
- Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless. [from 16th c.]
- the brute earth; the brute powers of nature
- Crude, unpolished. [from 17th c.]
- Strong, blunt, and spontaneous.
- I punched him with brute force.
- Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless.
- brute violence
- (now archaic) An animal seen as being without human reason; a senseless beast. [from 17th c.]
- Someone with the characteristics of an unthinking animal; a coarse or brutal person. [from 17th c.]
- One of them was a hulking brute of a man, heavily tattooed and with a hardened face that practically screamed "I just got out of jail."
- (archaic, slang, UK, Cambridge University) One who has not yet matriculated.
(third-person singular simple present brutes, present participle bruting, simple past and past participle bruted)
- Obsolete spelling of bruit.