• WordNet 3.6
    • adj brute resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility "beastly desires","a bestial nature","brute force","a dull and brutish man","bestial treatment of prisoners"
    • n brute a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
    • n brute a cruelly rapacious person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brute A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person. "An ill-natured brute of a husband."
    • Brute An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast. "Brutes may be considered as either aërial, terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious."
    • Brute Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent. "A great brute farmer from Liddesdale."
    • Brute Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature.
    • Brute Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation. "A creature . . . not prone
      And brute as other creatures, but endued
      With sanctity of reason."
    • Brute Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence. "The influence of capital and mere brute labor."
    • Brute Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling.
    • v. t Brute To report; to bruit.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • brute Senseless; unconscious.
    • brute Wanting reason; animal; not human: as, a brute beast.
    • brute Characteristic of animals; of brutal character or quality.
    • brute Blunt or dull of sentiment; without sensibility; rough; uncivilized; insensible.
    • brute Not associated with intelligence or intellectual effort; unintelligent; irrational.
    • brute Harsh; crude.
    • brute Synonyms Brute, Brutish, Brutal, Beastly, Bestial. Brute is the most general of these words, and remains nearest to the distinguishing difference between man and beast, irrationality: as, brute force. Brutish is especially uncultured, stupid, groveling: as, brutes and still more brutish men. Brutal implies cruelty or lack of feeling: as, brutal language or conduct. Beastly expresses that which is altogether unworthy of a man, especially that which is filthy and disgusting in conduct or manner of life. Bestial is applied chiefly to that which is carnal, sensual, lascivious: as, bestial vices or appetites.
    • n brute A beast, especially one of the higher quadrupeds; any animal as distinguished from man.
    • n brute A brutal person; a savage in disposition or manners; a low-bred, unfeeling person.
    • n brute Nautical, a yacht that to some extent sacrifices fineness of lines to fullness of form, so that great initial stability and sail-carrying power are obtained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Brute brōōt belonging to the lower animals: irrational: stupid: rude
    • n Brute one of the lower animals
    • v.i Brute to live like a brute
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  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.”
  • Jean Giraudoux
    Jean Giraudoux
    “Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.”
  • Simone Weil
    “Who were the fools who spread the story that brute force cannot kill ideas? Nothing is easier. And once they are dead they are no more than corpses.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Switzerland is a curst, selfish, swinish country of brutes, placed in the most romantic region of the world.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough, rude, brutish, L. brutus, stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp. bruto,


In literature:

If only I could see the brute, to point my rifle at him!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
The brute disappeared, and, I trusted, had sunk far down into the depths of the ocean.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
Do you take me for an old brute?
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
For a few seconds the powerful brute remained wary, silent and cowering, then with one mighty, savage snarl it bounded into the arena.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I'll make the brute run.
"Diamond Dyke" by George Manville Fenn
I have my own notions as to how we may best approach this noisy brute.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
You must put your feet against the brute's side and haul tight, as you were taught.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
When would the fierce brute feel inclined to leave him?
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Stupidity and pride provoked the brute in him.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
That's the reason the boy's eatin' supper with his father and mother in there instead of bein' out in the woods with them brutes.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux

In poetry:

Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life?
Can't I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?
"Toads" by Philip Larkin
"Lo, the magic of the drink!
At the nimble wine's pursuit,
See the man-half'd satyr sink
All the human in the brute!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"Love is lost, and Faith is dying;
With the brute the man is sold;
And the dropping blood of labor
Hardens into gold.
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Who may quench the God-born fire,
Pulsing at the soul's deep root?
Tyrants! grind it in the mire,
Lo, it vivifies the brute!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Nor angel I, nor man, nor brute,
Nor body, mind, nor he nor she,
The books do stop in wonder mute
To tell my nature; I am He.
"The Song Of The Free" by Swami Vivekananda

He little recked, the hardy brute
The suffering he did cause
He did not pause to wipe his ass
He just pulled up his drawers.
"The Turds of the Scouts" by General George S Patton Jnr

In news:

Not because it's a fire-breathing hot rod, or even a stump-pulling brute.
But the testosterone soul that got Prodigy in hot water with 1997's " Smack My Bitch Up" remains true to its brute muscle—mostly for the better.
Precision has added stabilizers for several new quad models including: the Kawasaki's Brute Force utility quad, Yamaha's new YFZ 450R and the Raptor 250, the Polaris Outlaw 2009, and JB frame mini quads.
The portrayal of Africa as a "continent of brute savages inclined to kill each other when an opportunity arose" is wrong as there are many achievements on the continent that go unreported.
Speaking of books, here's a passage from Mark Kleiman's When Brute Force Fails that I've been meaning to blog for a while.
The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess ' Phillip Boykin is nominated for his performance as Crown, the brute who is in love with Bess.
Rod- bending brutes close to home.
Townsquare Media, Eddie Hill's Fun Cycles and Lonestar Muscle Cars have teamed up to bring you yet another amazing giveaway – a 2013 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 ATV.
To decipher an encrypted message by brute force, one would need to try every possible key.
Women often have more need to find an alternative solution because, unlike their macho counterparts, "brute force" is not usually a choice.
Bond, even in his current incarnation as a tense and tautly muscled brute rather than the suave, unruffled sophisticate of the Sean Connery days, is still glamorous .
' Goon ' review: Hilarious honor among brutes.
Dania Suarez called the Secret Service agents she partied with stupid brutes.
The Colombian hooker at the center of the Secret Service sex scandal slammed the G-men as "stupid brutes" Monday — and confirmed for the first time that she and ex-agent Arthur Huntington had sex.
They tore a 700-page phonebook in half, flipped a 900-pound tire and even pulled a double-decker bus down Seventh Avenue using brute strength alone.

In science:

Best-fit parameters and their corresponding one-sigma errors obtained from a brute force calculation.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
One-sigma errors have been estimated from a brute force calculation.
Disc heating in NGC 2985
Part (i) is proved by a brute force calculation to show that the action of the generators on V λ respects the relations in H .
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
We have verified this procedure for computing Mn (x) up through n = 7 by comparison with the brute-force summation of the right-hand side of eq. (47).
Spectral statistics of the k-body random-interaction model
Our methods are such that, in principle, higher order terms could be obtained as a matter of brute force computation.
The enumeration of simple permutations