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Definition 1: disagreeably direct and precise - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where brutal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he spoke with brutal honesty

(brutal is similar to ...) straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action

"a direct question" "a direct response" "a direct approach"

Definition 2: resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where brutal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • beastly desires
  • a bestial nature
  • brute force
  • a dull and brutish man
  • bestial treatment of prisoners

Synonyms for brutal in the sense of this definition

(brutal is similar to ...) lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

"humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world" "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

Definition 3: punishingly harsh - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where brutal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the brutal summer sun
  • a brutal winter

Synonyms for brutal in the sense of this definition

(brutal is similar to ...) possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to a heightened degree

"intense heat" "intense anxiety" "intense desire" "intense emotion" "the skunk's intense acrid odor" "intense pain" "enemy fire was intense"

Definition 4: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where brutal or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a barbarous crime
  • brutal beatings
  • cruel tortures
  • Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks
  • a savage slap
  • vicious kicks

Synonyms for brutal in the sense of this definition

(brutal is similar to ...) lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion

"humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world" "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

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