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BRUTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does brutal mean? 

BRUTAL (adjective)
  The adjective BRUTAL has 2 senses:

1. (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain
2. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

  Familiarity information: BRUTAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BRUTAL (adjective)


Sense 1brutal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain

Synonyms:

brutal; cruel

Context examples:

brutal instruments of torture / cruel weapons of war

Similar:

inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)


Sense 2brutal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Synonyms:

barbarous; cruel; fell; savage; vicious; brutal; roughshod

Context examples:

a barbarous crime / brutal beatings / cruel tortures / Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks / a savage slap / vicious kicks

Similar:

inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)


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