Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being ruthless, cruel, harsh, or unrelenting.
  • n. A ruthless, cruel, harsh, or unrelenting act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being brutal
  • n. a cruel or savage act
  • n. the use of excessive physical force e.g. police brutality

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; pitilessness.
  • n. An inhuman act.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being brutal; inhumanity; savageness; gross cruelty; insensibility to pity or shame.
  • n. A savage, shameless, or inhuman act.
  • n. Synonyms Barbarity, ferocity, truculence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of extreme cruelty
  • n. a brutal barbarous savage act

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Examples

  • To write down his success simply to brutality is to oversimplify.

    Dawkins, Hussein, and ALF

  • Now, a source close to the family says as soon as they launched their request, the Jordanian royal family decided that, yes, they could come here, they were innocent victims who had nothing to do with Saddam, who had only suffered and been victims themselves to what they called his brutality -- Kyra.

    CNN Transcript Jul 31, 2003

  • However, the organisation would present further demands to the authorities to ensure what it termed brutality by warders was ended and prison conditions improved.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In a message posted on the Boston police department's website, the group said that the site had been attacked several months ago and that hundreds of passwords were released in retaliation for what they called brutality against Occupy Boston.

    The Seattle Times

  • The marchers are fired up by what they call brutality against a Marine veteran in Oakland, Calif., whose skull was fractured.

    KansasCity.com: Front Page

  • In a message posted to the site, the group said that the site had been attacked several months ago and that hundreds of passwords were released in retaliation for what they called brutality against Occupy Boston.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • The message said that the site had been attacked several months ago and that hundreds of passwords were released in retaliation for what they called brutality against Occupy Boston.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • They were fired up by what they called brutality against a Marine veteran in Oakland, Calif., whose skull was fractured.

    The Seattle Times

  • Reuters Africa correspondent Connie Burns suspects a British mercenary: a man who seems to turn up in every war-torn corner of Africa, whose reputation for violence and brutality is well-founded and widely known.

    The Devil's Feather by Minette Walters: Book summary

  • What was fascinating was just how quickly the “subjects” very literally TURNED INTO their respective roles — up to and including physical brutality from the “guards” on the inmates.

    Does Obama hate open source?

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