Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or characteristic of a brute.
  • adj. Crude in feeling or manner.
  • adj. Sensual; carnal.
  • adj. Rough; uncivilized: "the Mesabi Iron Range, a brutish stretch of maroon hillocks” ( John McCormick).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or in the manner of a brute
  • adj. Bestial; lacking human sensibility

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to, or resembling, a brute or brutes; of a cruel, gross, and stupid nature; coarse; unfeeling; unintelligent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a brute or brutes.
  • Like a brute; characteristic of brutes.
  • Gross; carnal; bestial.
  • Uncultured; unrefined; ignorant; stupid; insensible.
  • Synonyms Brutal, Beastly, etc. (see brute), dull, barbarous, animal, sensual.

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

  • adj. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

Etymologies

From brute +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • II. vii.66 (269,8) [As sensual as the brutish sting] Though the _brutish sting_ is capable of a sense not inconvenient in this passage, yet as it is a harsh and unusual mode of speech, I should read the

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • You were described as a brutish creature, lacking the simplest of manners.

    Almost a Whisper

  • It was an awful thought to me, ever present on those Sundays, and haunting me at other times; that men, women and children were living in brutish degradation, and that as they died others would take their place.

    As I Please

  • The qwen pictures I find interesting because I am so large, because I have been called brutish, threatening, dominating, a danger, physcially incapable of knowing my own strength.

    If you hate Uke's, then you hate me: disgusting, stereotypical, submissive femme I am.

  • This among the sons of men, the worms of the earth, would be called a brutish affection.

    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

  • The "mouth" and "eyes" are those of a man, while the symbol is otherwise brutish, that is, it will assume man's true dignity, namely, wear the guise of the kingdom of God (which comes as the "Son of man" from above), while it is really bestial, namely, severed from God.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • After incidents of what some called brutish Chinese behavior toward foreign fishing vessels, the Obama administration, determined to show that the U.S. is still a major Pacific power, has been conducting naval maneuvers with countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines.

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  • From blatantly racist films such as W.D. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" to the tasteless buffoonery of MGM's "Soul Plane" whether intentionally mean-spirited or ignorantly self-inflicted, the message of the so-called brutish or oversexed Black male has been disseminated throughout America and the world.

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  • But flagrant fabrications such as "Obama liking Reagan's policies" hurts not only Obama in terms of voters who may believe it, and Hillary, for those who don't, but it hurts the Democrats because it represents the kind of brutish, deceptive politics Americans now routinely hate.

    Obama Winning Spin War Over Who's Victim In Campaign

  • It makes a kind of brutish sense if you don't think about it too hard.

    Chris Kelly: David Vitter Has a New Fetish

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