from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An architectural style of the mid-20th century characterized by massive or monolithic forms, usually of poured concrete and typically unrelieved by exterior decoration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A style of modernist architecture characterized by angular geometry and overt signs of the construction process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Brutish quality; brutality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The practice or exercise of brutality; inhumanity.
Coined in 1954 by the English architects Alison and Peter Smithson, after Le Corbusier's béton brut (French, raw concrete). (Wiktionary)