• WordNet 3.6
    • n brutality a brutal barbarous savage act
    • n brutality the trait of extreme cruelty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brutality An inhuman act. "The . . . brutalities exercised in war."
    • Brutality The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brutality The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; gross cruelty; insensibility to pity or shame.
    • n brutality A savage, shameless, or inhuman act.
    • n brutality Synonyms Barbarity, ferocity, truculence.
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  • Raymond Chandler
    “Such is the brutalization of commercial ethics in this country that no one can feel anything more delicate than the velvet touch of a soft buck.”
  • 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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. brutalité,


In literature:

Sometimes he felt brutal, almost savage, decisive in a sense that was surely cruel.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
To the world generally he was a cowardly bully, rough, brutal, and selfish.
"Frank and Fearless" by Horatio Alger Jr.
They were also the most ignorant and brutal.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
We do nothing so crude, so vulgar, so ... so brutal.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
Consequently, if found long and clear, it would indicate a superior mental development in a coarse brutal or animal nature.
"Palmistry for All" by Cheiro
Fielding's novel is English, robust, hearty, brutal in a way, and its morality is none too lofty.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The case is not all in favor of the suffering wives, and against the brutal husbands.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
Then he strove valiantly to bring about an adjustment between the fugitive and the brutal soldiery, but in vain.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
He saw that he had grossly affronted her and brutally accused her.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
It was the survival of the fittest, the most tenacious, the most brutal.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service

In poetry:

But, we'll not pain the ear by telling
Of all the wrongs they have endured,
Of all the brutal, fiend-impelling
Outrage, to which they've been inured.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
The cruel hand that raised the lash
To strike a wronged and helpless race,
Is stained with sin of deepest dye,
And shows of brutal crime more trace.
"Honour's Appeal To Justice" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Wealth, well fawn'd on, and — well-hated;
Want,— with brutal malice mated;
And, to teach the twain,
Shallow priestcraft, self-inflated,
Dreary, dull, and vain!
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
A twelvemonth did his darksome mind
Plot for the dreadful deed.
Two brutal ruffians he hired
To help him in his need;
And yet, so secret were his ways,
None knew to intercede.
"The Babes In The Wood" by Clara Doty Bates
Brutal like all Olympic games,
Though fought with smiles and Christian names
And less dramatic,
This dialectic strife between
The civil gods is just as mean,
And more fanatic.
"Under Which Lyre" by W H Auden
Night falls on the lovers, marram and voices.
Dark hinders eyes, yet aids the brutal hand.
Watchers depart, but the snares are filling.
Wind dries the blood on the moving sand.
"Merthymawr" by George Woodcock

In news:

It was a brutal loss by the Green and White.
Two days after residents of a Chinatown building made the grisly discovery of a decomposing corpse of an elderly man in his apartment, José Bustos Mangana, 28, has confessed to the brutal murder, according to police.
President Obama just happened to ' drop by ' a White House meeting with Bahrain's crown prince today even as the government brutally suppresses protests.
The Florida A&M University drum major died last November after a brutal hazing ritual on a bus.
Brutal rituals defied ban, band members say.
Record dryness brutal on farmers, ranchers.
Despite the brutal weather, we managed to come out with a 5th place team finish with a 327-336-663.
The former president has been gulled once again, this time by the Communist regime in North Korea, a very brutal system of control, indeed.
Breakups can be brutal, but the worst part is the dread before the expected split.
New British laws are targeting disrespectful citizens and Ed Boyle discusses how one English town is teaching unruly youths the brutal art of medieval chivalry.
Root pruning sounds like such a brutal way to treat a plant.
Police in Delaware County say a man is charged in the brutal beating of his girlfriend, during which he allegedly attempted to electrocute her with a hair dryer in the shower.
Your poignant report from "devastated" Grozny (front page, Feb 15) recalls other historic brutalities.
The short-lived rebellion was brutally put down by the occupation powers and hundreds of the citizens captured were executed the next day, but the uprising triggered the struggle for Spanish independence.
A brutal zombie attack caught on tape in a subway in China.

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
This corresponds to a brutal stopping, where we may estimate A by a simple power counting using the lower bound on (cid:96)(A).
Averaging Fluctuations in Resolvents of Random Band Matrices