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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)

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.

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."