from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or characteristic of a brute.
  • adjective Crude in feeling or manner.
  • adjective Sensual; carnal.
  • adjective Rough; uncivilized.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility


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

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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. -- Top News 2011

  • 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.

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