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From Medieval Latin brutalis (savage, stupid), from Latin brūtus (dull, stupid).

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brutal (comparative more brutal, superlative most brutal)

  1. Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      What began as a zeitgeisty outlaw romp in the Uncool Britannia of the 1990s is now reborn as a scabrous and brutal black comedy about middle-aged male disappointment and fear of death.
  2. Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.
  3. Harsh; unrelenting.
  4. Disagreeably precise or penetrating.
  5. (music, figuratively) In extreme metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs.
  6. Direct and without attempt to disguise unpleasantness.
    brutal honesty

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Bikol Central

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Borrowed from Spanish brutal.

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  • Hyphenation: bru‧tal
  • IPA(key): /bɾuˈtal/, [bɾuˈtal̪]

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brutál

  1. brutal; wicked
    Synonym: mabangis
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Catalan

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Borrowed from Latin brutālis.

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brutal m or f (masculine and feminine plural brutals)

  1. brutal

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Danish

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From French brutal, from Latin brūtus (dull, stupid).

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  • IPA(key): /brutaːl/, [b̥ʁuˈtˢæːˀl]

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brutal

  1. brutal
  2. savage

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Inflection of brutal
Positive Comparative Superlative
Indefinte common singular brutal brutalere brutalest2
Indefinite neuter singular brutalt brutalere brutalest2
Plural brutale brutalere brutalest2
Definite attributive1 brutale brutalere brutaleste
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.

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French

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Borrowed from Medieval Latin brūtālis (savage, stupid), from brūtus (dull, stupid). See brut and -al.

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brutal (feminine brutale, masculine plural brutaux, feminine plural brutales)

  1. brutal

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brutal m (plural brutaux, feminine brutale)

  1. person who acts brutally

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German

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From Latin brutalis, from brutus (dull, stupid).

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brutal (strong nominative masculine singular brutaler, comparative brutaler, superlative am brutalsten)

  1. brutal
    Synonyms: barbarisch, kaltblütig
    Antonym: freundlich

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  • brutal” in Duden online
  • brutal” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Indonesian

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Borrowed from Dutch brutaal, from Middle Dutch brutael (savage), from Middle French brutal (savage), from Medieval Latin brutalis (savage, stupid), from Latin brūtus (dull, stupid). Doublet of bruto and guru.

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  • IPA(key): [ˈbrutal]
  • Hyphenation: bru‧tal

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brutal

  1. (colloquial) brutal
    1. violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel.
      Synonym: kejam
    2. harsh; unrelenting.
      Synonym: kasar

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Norwegian Bokmål

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From Latin brutus, via French brutal.

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brutal (neuter singular brutalt, definite singular and plural brutale)

  1. brutal
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Norwegian Nynorsk

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From Latin brutus, via French brutal.

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brutal (neuter singular brutalt, definite singular and plural brutale)

  1. brutal
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brutal m (feminine singular brutala, masculine plural brutals, feminine plural brutalas) (Languedoc)

  1. brutal

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Polish

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Borrowed from French brutal, from Latin brūtālis.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈbru.tal/
  • Audio:(file)
  • Rhymes: -utal
  • Syllabification: bru‧tal

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brutal m pers

  1. brute (brutal person)

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adjective
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nouns
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  • brutal in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • brutal in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese

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Borrowed from Latin brūtālis.

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  • Rhymes: (Portugal) -al, (Brazil) -aw
  • Hyphenation: bru‧tal

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brutal m or f (plural brutais)

  1. brutal, brutish
  2. (colloquial) huge
  3. (colloquial) fantastic, extraordinary

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Romanian

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Borrowed from French brutal.

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brutal m or n (feminine singular brutală, masculine plural brutali, feminine and neuter plural brutale)

  1. brutal

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Spanish

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Borrowed from Medieval Latin brūtālis (savage, stupid), from brūtus (dull, stupid).

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  • IPA(key): /bɾuˈtal/ [bɾuˈt̪al]
  • Rhymes: -al
  • Syllabification: bru‧tal

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brutal m or f (masculine and feminine plural brutales)

  1. brutal

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Swedish

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From French brutal from Medieval Latin brutalis, from brūtus.

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brutal (comparative brutalare, superlative brutalast)

  1. brutal

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Inflection of brutal
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular brutal brutalare brutalast
Neuter singular brutalt brutalare brutalast
Plural brutala brutalare brutalast
Masculine plural3 brutale brutalare brutalast
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 brutale brutalare brutalaste
All brutala brutalare brutalaste
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic
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Borrowed from Spanish brutal.

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brutál (Baybayin spelling ᜊ᜔ᜇᜓᜆᜎ᜔)

  1. brutal; cruel
    Synonyms: napakalupit, marahas, malupit
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