Etymology
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brutal (adj.)

mid-15c., "bestial, pertaining to or resembling an animal" (as opposed to a man), from Old French brutal, from Latin brutus (see brute (adj.)). Of persons, "unintelligent, unreasoning" (1510s); "fierce, savage, cruel, inhuman, unfeeling" (1640s). Related: Brutally.

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Definitions of brutal

brutal (adj.)
resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility;
Synonyms: beastly / bestial / brute / brutish
brutal (adj.)
(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;
brutal beatings
brutal (adj.)
punishingly harsh;
the brutal summer sun
a brutal winter
Synonyms: unrelenting
brutal (adj.)
disagreeably direct and precise;
he spoke with brutal honesty
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