AskDefine | Define brutal

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brutal adj
1 (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; "brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war" [syn: cruel]
2 (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" [syn: barbarous, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious]
3 used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters" [syn: cruel, harsh, rigorous, unkind]

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English

Etymology

Latin brutalis, from brutus 'dull, stupid'.

Adjective

  1. Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel
  2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
  3. Harsh; unrelenting
  4. Disagreeably precise or penetrating
  5. music figurative In extreme metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs.

Antonyms

Translations

Savagely violent
In heavy metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs

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German

Etymology

Latin brutalis, from brutus 'dull, stupid'.

Adjective

  1. brutal

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Extensive Definition

Brutality may refer to:
brutal in Russian: Брутальность/Temp

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