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1. brutal

adjective. ['ˈbruːtəl'] (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering.

Synonyms

  • inhumane
  • roughshod
  • fell
  • cruel
  • savage
  • vicious

Antonyms

  • inhumaneness
  • painless
  • unshod
  • submissive

Etymology

  • brutalis (Latin)
  • brutus (Latin)

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Rhymes with Brutal

  • futile
  • butyl
  • tootle
  • tootal
  • goutal

How do you pronounce brutal?

Pronounce brutal as ˈbrutəl.

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Sentences with brutal


1. Noun, singular or mass
To the uninitiated, some of their breeding habits can look a little brutal.

2. Adjective
The first three miles can be brutal during the searing summer temperatures.

Quotes about brutal


1. He has such a patronizing tone and manner, and such a sarcastic sense of humor. I found him rather brutal, a kind of elegant brutality which appealed. No, I think he came pretty much off the page.
- Jeremy Northam

2. He wanted to take his love back from her so badly. The old techniques didn’t work anymore. In fact, they’d never worked. How do you stop loving someone? It was one of the world’s more brutal mysteries. The more you tried, the less it worked.
- Ann Brashares

3. For this was the round of love: fear which leads on desire, tenderness and fury, and that brutal anguish which triumphantly follows pleasure.
- Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse

2. brutal

adjective. ['ˈbruːtəl'] disagreeably direct and precise.

Antonyms

  • civilized

Etymology

  • brutalis (Latin)
  • brutus (Latin)

3. brutal

adjective. ['ˈbruːtəl'] harsh.

Synonyms

  • unrelenting

Antonyms

  • nonviolent
  • right

Etymology

  • brutalis (Latin)
  • brutus (Latin)

4. brutal

adjective. ['ˈbruːtəl'] resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility.

Synonyms

  • inhumane
  • bestial
  • beastly
  • brutish

Antonyms

  • ascend
  • rise
  • praise
  • tame

Etymology

  • brutalis (Latin)
  • brutus (Latin)
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