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Definition of "brutish" []

  • Of or characteristic of a brute. (adjective)
  • Crude in feeling or manner. (adjective)
  • Sensual; carnal. (adjective)
  • Rough; uncivilized: "the Mesabi Iron Range, a brutish stretch of maroon hillocks” ( John McCormick). (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or resembling a brute or brutes; animal (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.

  • Coarse; cruel; stupid (adjective)

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Use "brutish" in a sentence
  • "II. vii.66 (269,8) [As sensual as the brutish sting] Though the _brutish sting_ is capable of a sense not inconvenient in this passage, yet as it is a harsh and unusual mode of speech, I should read the"
  • "You were described as a brutish creature, lacking the simplest of manners."
  • "It was an awful thought to me, ever present on those Sundays, and haunting me at other times; that men, women and children were living in brutish degradation, and that as they died others would take their place."