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brunt (n.)

late 14c., "a sharp blow," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse brundr "sexual heat," or bruna "to advance like wildfire" (said of a ship under sail, etc.). Meaning "chief force, the heaviest or worst (of something)," as in bear the brunt, is from early 15c.

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Definitions of brunt from WordNet

brunt (n.)
main force of a blow etc;
bore the brunt of the attack
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