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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

How Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Pulled Off Their Most Dramatic Roles Yet Kevin Fallon September 11, 2014
The ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’ Feud and More Actresses Who Were Terrorized By Directors Kevin Fallon October 24, 2013
Man Up, Mr. President: D.L. Hughley on Obama’s Bullies Allison Samuels August 3, 2012
Mysterious Murder of Bush Official: John P. Wheeler III Found Dead in Delaware Landfill Christine Pelisek, Pat Wingert January 3, 2011
When Sexuality and the Job Clash Howard R. Selekman August 27, 2010

Historical Examples

The Social Significance of the Modern Drama Emma Goldman
The Harbor Ernest Poole
The Seats Of The Mighty, Complete Gilbert Parker
The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
The Crime of the Boulevard Jules Claretie

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


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