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savage; cruel; inhuman:
a brutal attack on the village.
crude; coarse:
brutal language.
harsh; ferocious:
brutal criticism; brutal weather.
taxing, demanding, or exhausting:
They’re having a brutal time making ends meet.
irrational; unreasoning.
of or relating to lower animals.
Contemporary Examples

An Oral History of Mao’s Greatest Crime Zhou Xun November 23, 2013
Kelly Cutrone’s Outsider Army Sheila McClear January 30, 2010
India’s Strangely Modern Killing Spree Kiran Bedi July 10, 2010
Stop Bashing Wall Street! Charlie Gasparino February 1, 2009
The Magical Mitt-ery Tour: The Return of the Romneys John Avlon March 2, 2013

Historical Examples

Harvard Stories Waldron Kintzing Post
A Prisoner of Morro Upton Sinclair
Sir Walter Raleigh and his Time Charles Kingsley
The Diary of a Man of Fifty Henry James
Tell England Ernest Raymond

cruel; vicious; savage
extremely honest or coarse in speech or manner
harsh; severe; extreme: brutal cold


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