1) ADJ-GRADED A brutal act or person is cruel and violent.

He was the victim of a very brutal murder.

...the brutal suppression of anti-government protests...

Jensen is a dangerous man, and can be very brutal and reckless.

vicious, savage
Derived words:
brutally ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v

Her real parents had been brutally murdered.

2) ADJ-GRADED If someone expresses something unpleasant with brutal honesty or frankness, they express it in a clear and accurate way, without attempting to disguise its unpleasantness.

It was refreshing to talk about themselves and their feelings with brutal honesty...

He took an anguished breath. He had to be brutal and say it.

Derived words:
brutally ADV-GRADED ADV adj, ADV with v

The talks had been brutally frank...

`Lotte Bruckner is dead.' It came out more brutally than Brand had intended.

3) ADJ-GRADED Brutal is used to describe things that have an unpleasant effect on people, especially when there is no attempt by anyone to reduce their effect.

The dip in prices this summer will be brutal...

The afternoon sun had been brutal...

The 20th century brought brutal change to some countries.

Derived words:
brutally ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

The early-morning New York air can be brutally cold.

English dictionary. 2008.


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