• WordNet 3.6
    • adj brutal disagreeably direct and precise "he spoke with brutal honesty"
    • adj brutal (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering "a barbarous crime","brutal beatings","cruel tortures","Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks","a savage slap","vicious kicks"
    • adj brutal resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility "beastly desires","a bestial nature","brute force","a dull and brutish man","bestial treatment of prisoners"
    • adj brutal harsh "the brutal summer sun","a brutal winter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brutal Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling; merciless; gross; as, brutal manners. "Brutal intemperance."
    • Brutal Of or pertaining to a brute; as, brutal nature. "Above the rest of brutal kind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brutal Pertaining to or resembling a brute; brutish: as, brutal nature; “brutal kind,”
    • brutal Hence—2. Savage; cruel; inhuman; unfeeling: as, brutal passions; brutal manners.
    • brutal Rude; harsh; coarse; crude.
    • brutal =Syn.2. Brutish, Beastly, etc. (see brute); unfeeling, ruthless, rude, rough, gross, merciless, barbarous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brutal like a brute: unfeeling: inhuman
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “It is the weak and confused who worship the pseudosimplicities of brutal directness.”
  • Lord Shaftesbury
    Lord Shaftesbury
    “True courage is cool and calm. The bravest of men have the least of a brutal, bullying insolence, and in the very time of danger are found the most serene and free.”
  • Alfred North Whitehead
    “True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.”
  • Richard J. Needham
    Richard J. Needham
    “People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The pacifist is as surely a traitor to his country and to humanity as is the most brutal wrongdoer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. brutal,. See Brute (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. brut—L. brutus, dull, irrational.


In literature:

His yellow eyes were too close together; his mouth was brutal.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The brutal O'Donnell was governor-general then.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
And here was the brutal Spaniard mentioning her.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
There was indescribably brutal threat in this sudden dart in their direction.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Most of them, even the daughters, were brutal and rollicking too.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
He blamed himself more than he could say for having told her the truth so brutally.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The comfort had been, hitherto, that he didn't realise brutalities.
"A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly" by Henry James
Anson was the mastiff; savage, brutal, given to wild bursts of rending passion.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Only by affecting a brutal scorn of everything said and done unless it was said and done by John Gourlay.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
It was a fine face brutalized by excess.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine

In poetry:

In your sweet naivety,
So you are satisfied,
Shall I tell you, brutally,
When or how I died?
"Posthumous Love" by Benjamin Musser
He called inside the gate
With coarse and brutal shout,
"Come, step it, Forty-eight!"
And Forty-eight stepped out.
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
The infamous brutalities
To helpless children shown,
The pathos of whose joyless lives
Might melt a heart of stone?
"Before A Statue Of Buddha" by John Lawson Stoddard
But O! can humour's giddy range
Mislead the brutal mind?
Can elephants their friendship change,
As fickle as mankind?
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Not now a brother fears to tread
The way a brother goes,
Not now the wife's sad heart is fed,
On brutal cuffs and blows.
"The Millennium" by James Avis Bartley
The sacred hot offensive frenzy,
The bitter, brutal toil of war
Will bind as one our generation -
An iron knot for evermore.
"Comrades In Arms" by Konstantin Simonov

In news:

Michael Archuleta, 49, was convicted in a brutal 1988 killing in Utah.
Why did a small-town girl have her family brutally murdered.
Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa, the "voice of Latin America" whose music inspired opponents of South America's brutal military regimes and led to her forced exile in Europe, has died.
The late Pasadena Art Center College of Design teacher was at times brutally honest but always nurturing.
A gangster lives a fast, dangerous life — especially Mexico's brutal narco-chieftains.
Yuen Sang-ho's "King of Pigs" gets more brutal than live-action.
Given the brutal casual dining operating environment they subsequently faced, we're sure the top executives at 1,700-unit Darden Restaurants wish the timing of last August's $1.19 billion purchase of LongHorn Steakhouse had been different.
In 2008 and 2009, the world was in the grips of a brutal recession and there wasn't much to be cheerful about.
Dyno Don made them famous with his brutal wheelstanding A/FX Mercury in 1965, breeding clones and street cars for a generation.
On "30 Rock," Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin's characters continually serve up comedic gold thanks to their dysfunctional, brutally honest, and hilariously deranged relationship.
The brutal act was videotaped and went viral on the Internet.
It has been one year since a Richmond High School student was brutally gang raped outside her homecoming dance.
Lesbian's brutal gang rape investigated in Calif. Jump to discuss comments below.
Meriden Officer Indicted In Brutality Case.
Sometimes you have a bad, brutally taxing day.

In science:

This is a rather brutal weakening of (1.2): for instance, it would classify a translation in Rd as mixing! Therefore, however illuminating [Sa], the Krengel–Sucheston definitions are of little applicability to most simple extensive systems that mathematicians would like to study.
On infinite-volume mixing
This must be the effect of the neuronal organization of the visual areas of our brains that, despite the high variability of the flux of photons impinging on our retinas, manage to maintain in our consciouness a representation that seems to be protected from brutal variations.
Hyperbolic planforms in relation to visual edges and textures perception
The ultimate goal of this section and of Section 9.1.2 is the same as that of Section 8.2: to obtain graphs Θ whose resolvent edges encode resolvent entries with upper indices a (up to a negligible error term that can be estimated brutally).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
In the second step, which is the content of Section 9.1.2, we use (9.2) to replace all maximally expanded diagonal resolvent entries (in A(Π) for any Π ∈ D(Γ)) with resolvent entries having upper indices a (again up to a negligible error term that can be estimated brutally).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices
As in Section 6, although this procedure in general does not terminate, it does increase the number of off-diagonal terms, which allows us to stop brutally once a sufficient number of off-diagonal terms have been generated.
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices