the quality of being brutal; cruelty; savagery.
a brutal act or practice.
Contemporary Examples

A New Start To U.S. Policy In Syria Can Save Lives Tom Perriello February 16, 2014
John Brennan’s Tortured Defense of the CIA’s Torture Program Shane Harris December 10, 2014
Nicole Kidman Botox Insanity: Why All Women Lose Out When We Obsess Over Stars’ Faces Emma Woolf May 24, 2014
American Dreams: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather Nathaniel Rich February 26, 2013
Will These Men Ever Come Home? The Search for Missing WWII Pilots in “Vanished” Jordan Michael Smith November 13, 2013

Historical Examples

Aaron’s Rod D. H. Lawrence
Theresa Marchmont Mrs Charles Gore
Sunk at Sea R.M. Ballantyne
The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII) Various
Rudyard Kipling John Palmer



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