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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)

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 "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."