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Synonyms for brutal
ˈbrut lbru·tal

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  1. brutaladjective

    cold-blooded, barbaric, savage, vicious

    gentle, kind

  2. brutaladjective

    Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel

    vicious, barbaric, cold-blooded, savage

    gentle, kind

  3. brutaladjective

    Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.

    barbaric, savage, cold-blooded, vicious

    kind, gentle

  4. brutaladjective

    Harsh; unrelenting

    barbaric, cold-blooded, savage, vicious

    gentle, kind

  5. brutaladjective

    Disagreeably precise or penetrating

    vicious, savage, cold-blooded, barbaric

    gentle, kind

  6. brutaladjective

    In extreme metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs.

    barbaric, cold-blooded, savage, vicious

    kind, gentle

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. brutal

    Whatever is not civilized is barbarian; barbaric indicates rude magnificence, uncultured richness; as, barbaric splendor, a barbaric melody. Barbarous refers to the worst side of barbarian life, and to revolting acts, especially of cruelty, such as a civilized man would not be expected to do; as, a barbarous deed. We may, however, say barbarous nations, barbarous tribes, without implying anything more than want of civilization and culture. Savage is more distinctly bloodthirsty than barbarous. In this sense we speak of a savage beast and of barbarous usage.

    atrocious, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, cruel, inhuman, merciless, rude, savage, uncivilized, uncouth, untamed

    civilized, courtly, cultured, delicate, elegant, graceful, humane, nice, polite, refined, tender, urbane

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

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

    wild, uncivilized, fierce, savage, deplorable, reprehensible, fell, beastly, unrelenting, venomous, criminal, brute(a), condemnable, roughshod, barbaric, evil, feral, cruel, poisonous, barbarous, vicious, furious, ferocious, barbarian, heavy-handed, brutish, bestial, ferine, uncivilised

    mild, humane, indirect

  2. brutal, unrelentingadjective


    "the brutal summer sun"; "a brutal winter"

    savage, relentless, fell, grim, beastly, unrelenting, stern, brute(a), roughshod, unappeasable, cruel, barbarous, vicious, brutish, unforgiving, inexorable, bestial, persistent

    humane, mild, indirect

  3. beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutaladjective

    resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

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

    mild, indirect, humane

  4. brutaladjective

    disagreeably direct and precise

    "he spoke with brutal honesty"

    brutish, unrelenting, bestial, savage, barbarous, fell, roughshod, cruel, vicious, brute(a), beastly

    mild, indirect, humane

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. brutaladjective

    savage, ferocious, cruel, inhuman, unfeeling, barbarous, barbarian, fell, barbaric, ruthless, truculent, bloody, brutish, brute

  2. brutaladjective

    churlish, gruff, bearish, harsh, uncivil, rude, rough, impolite, unmannerly, BRUSQUE, ungentlemanly

  3. brutaladjective

    gross, coarse, sensual, carnal, brutish, beastly, bestial

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. brutaladjective

    inhuman, cruel, fell, ruthless, truculent, unfeeling, beastly, bestial, brutish

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How to use brutal in a sentence?

  1. Mariano Ruiz-Funes:

    There's no real possibility of substituting these two products in the short-term. The impact on the pork and beef industries in Mexico in terms of costs would be brutal.

  2. David Jolly:

    His brutal, bullying bigotry runs contrary to the very principles our forefathers fought so hard to defend.

  3. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    If these reports are confirmed, this is another tragic example of a young Australian being lured to a senseless and violent death by a brutal terrorist organization that is intent on imposing suffering and misery not only in Iraq and in Syria, but beyond.

  4. Missouri Senate:

    This is a brutal reminder that candidate quality matters regardless of where you are running.

  5. Peter King:

    This is brutal. I think the most searing impact is going to be afterwards, the fact that people who lost their loved ones were unable to grieve with them, it's definitely all around us.

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