Definition of brutal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbruːtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbruːtl//
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  1. 1violent and cruel a brutal attack/murder/rape/killing a brutal and repressive regime
  2. 2direct and clear about something unpleasant; not thinking of people’s feelings With brutal honesty she told him she did not love him.
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘relating to the lower animals’): from Old French, or from medieval Latin brutalis, from brutus ‘dull, stupid’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: brutal