What is the meaning of brutal?


  • Of persons or their actions. ( able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering)
    • usage: "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
  • Harsh.
    • usage: "the brutal summer sun"; "a brutal winter"
  • Resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility.
    • usage: "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners"
  • Disagreeably direct and precise.
    • usage: "he spoke with brutal honesty"
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