brutish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj brutish resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility "beastly desires","a bestial nature","brute force","a dull and brutish man","bestial treatment of prisoners"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Brutish Pertaining to, or resembling, a brute or brutes; of a cruel, gross, and stupid nature; coarse; unfeeling; unintelligent. "O, let all provocation
      Take every brutish shape it can devise."
      "Man may . . . render himself brutish , but it is in vain that he would seek to take the rank and density of the brute."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brutish Of or pertaining to a brute or brutes.
    • brutish Like a brute; characteristic of brutes. Unfeeling; savage; ferocious; brutal.
    • brutish Gross; carnal; bestial.
    • brutish Uncultured; unrefined; ignorant; stupid; insensible.
    • brutish Synonyms Brutal, Beastly, etc. (see brute), dull, barbarous, animal, sensual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brutish brutal:
    • adj Brutish (B.) unwise
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Quotations

  • (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    (Decimus Junius Juvenalis) Juvenal
    “They whose sole bliss is eating can give but that one brutish reason why they live.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brut—L. brutus, dull, irrational.

Usage

In literature:

He may be more immoral; but he is less brutish.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
Yet we would not be inordinate and brutish in these things nor shamefully dethrone reason.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
She did not believe that she could ever teach that great, brutish class, in that brutal school: ever, ever.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
The woman screamed and rushed toward the brutish maniac with her fingers splayed.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
Pluto listened, and his face grew hard, brutish in its sullen hate.
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
Thus, a countenance of ill temper or of habitual guile, of daring violence or of brutish profligacy, warns the spectator at once.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 364, February 1846" by Various
She kicked and scratched and struggled in vain, to be quickly vanquished by a brutish blow.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
Men stripped bare show brutish traits, but he felt the straps that were binding him close.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock
What wonder that the Moslem man often cries despairingly: "Our women are all brutish," and has not an atom of respect for her in his heart.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
The generation growing up would not be quite so dull and brutish.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
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In poetry:

The bulls know naught of holiness,
To pious pomp their eyes are blind;
Their brutish brains will never guess
The sordid passions of mankind:
Poor innocents, they wait resigned.
"The Bulls" by Robert W Service
Oh Thou, whose glorious, yet contracted light,
Wrapt in Night's mantle, stole into a manger;
Since my dark soul and brutish is thy right,
To Man of all beasts be not thou a stranger:
"Christmas" by George Herbert
No longer we join While sinners invite,
Nor envy the swine Their brutish delight;
Their joy is all sadness, Their mirth is all vain,
Their laughter is madness, Their pleasure is pain.
"Hymn XIX: Rejoice Evermore With Angels Above" by Charles Wesley
The plunging limbers over the shattered track
Racketed with their rusty freight,
Stuck out like many crowns of thorns,
And the rusty stakes like sceptres old
To stay the flood of brutish men
Upon our brothers dear.
"Dead Man's Dump" by Isaac Rosenberg
Was the noble name they cited but the badge of slaves and vassals,
Bound beyond emancipation to obey another's mood?
Better far to be a peasant 'neath the shadow of their castles,
Than debase the soul within me to such brutish servitude.
"Retrospection" by Walter Richard Cassels
This way have men come out of brutishness
To spell the letters of the sky and read
A reflex upon earth else meaningless.
With thee, O fount of the Untimed! to lead,
Drink they of thee, thee eyeing, they unaged
Shall on through brave wars waged.
"Hymn To Colour" by George Meredith

In news:

Brutish goals of Jim Crow never died.
Made-up quote mistakenly depicts the military as both brutish and stupid.
Campaign 2012 Will Be Nasty, Brutish , and Anything But Short.
'Allen Gregory': Nasty, brutish and hopefully short-lived.
When Anonymity Fails, Be Nasty, Brutish and Short.
Enemy Unknown Review: Terrifying, brutish , and brilliant.
Readers sound off on Dumpster diving, new police SUVs and brutishly difficult crossword puzzles.
A smart young woman is entrapped by a brutish male who eventually wins her respect and affection.
The delicious irony of this is for years popular depictions of Neanderthals and Cro-magnon (early modern humans) tended to stereotype Neanderthals as brutish slope-browed - and dark-skinned.
In a world increasingly populated by emasculated metrosexuals, the pop-culture caveman -- he of the grunting, stupid, and brutish variety -- is a visceral reminder that man's raw sexual urges can't be completely sublimated.
Most divorces these days are nasty, brutish, and all too long.
The News will not condone personal attacks, off topic posts or brutish language on our site.
Short Stories, Nasty and Brutish, of Life in Edinburgh .
Brutish goals of Jim Crow never died.
But Shrek (Mike Myers), who is feeling domesticated and not his usual brutish self, has trouble doing so in Forever After.
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