Etymology
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brutality (n.)

1540s, "quality of resembling a brute;" 1630s, "savage cruelty, inhuman behavior, insensibility to pity or shame," from brutal + -ity. Literal sense "condition or state of a brute" is from 1711.

updated on August 13, 2017

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Definitions of brutality from WordNet

brutality (n.)
the trait of extreme cruelty;
Synonyms: ferociousness / viciousness / savagery
brutality (n.)
a brutal barbarous savage act;
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