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Dictionary Definition

brute adj : resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners" [syn: beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish]


1 a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, savage, wildcat]
2 a living organism characterized by voluntary movement [syn: animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna]

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  1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast.
  2. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person.


an animal destitute of human reason
a brutal person


  1. To report; to bruit.


  1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature.
  2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation.
  3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence.
  4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
  5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling.




  1. Form of feminine, brut



  1. Feminine plural form of bruto

Extensive Definition

Brute has several meanings: Brute (Describes the characteristics of a person of low intelligence. A person can also be described as 'brutish', which also has the same meaning.

See also

brute in Esperanto: Bruto

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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