Brute meaning

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A brute is defined as a savage, insensitive or uncivilized person.

A person who is unkind and cruel is an example of a brute.

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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.

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A brutal, crude, or insensitive person.
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Without reason or intelligence (of animals). [from 15th c.]

A brute beast.

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An animal other than a human; a beast.
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Of or relating to animals other than humans.
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Characteristic of a brute, especially:
  • Entirely physical.
    Brute force.
  • Lacking or showing a lack of reason or intelligence.
    A brute impulse.
  • Savage; cruel.
    Brute coercion.
  • Unremittingly severe.
    Was driven to steal food through brute necessity.
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Coarse; brutish.
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Lacking the ability to reason.

A brute beast.

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Having no consciousness or feelings; insensate.

The brute force of nature.

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Of or like an animal; specif., brutal, cruel, gross, sensual, stupid, etc.
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An animal.
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A person who is brutal or very stupid, gross, sensual, etc.
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Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans). [from 16th c.]
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Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless. [from 16th c.]

The brute earth; the brute powers of nature.

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Crude, unpolished. [from 17th c.]
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Strong, blunt, and spontaneous.

I punched him with brute force.

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Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless.

Brute violence.

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(now archaic) An animal seen as being without human reason; a senseless beast. [from 17th c.]
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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."

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(archaic, slang, UK, Cambridge University) One who has not yet matriculated.
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Obsolete spelling of bruit.
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Origin of brute

  • From Middle English nonhuman from Old French brut from Latin brūtus stupid gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French brut, from Latin brūtus (“dull, stupid, insensible”), an Oscan loanword, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷréh₂us. Cognate with Ancient Greek βαρύς (barus), Persian گران (gerân) and Sanskrit गुरु (gurú).
    From Wiktionary