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Definition of "brutal" []

  • Extremely ruthless or cruel. (adjective)
  • Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech. (adjective)
  • Harsh; unrelenting: a brutal winter in the Arctic. (adjective)
  • Disagreeably precise or penetrating: spoke with brutal honesty. (adjective)
  • Cruel; vicious; savage (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner (adjective)
  • Harsh; severe; extreme (adjective)

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Use "brutal" in a sentence
  • "Clinton said last week in Rome world powers must show the Syrian government that there are consequences for what she called a "brutal crackdown" on civilians."
  • "U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says world powers must show the Syrian government that there are consequences for what she called a "brutal crackdown" on civilians."
  • "Organisers have called for a general strike in Oakland one day next week over what they called the "brutal and vicious" treatment of protesters there."