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Synonyms for brutal
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (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, unrelenting(adj)


    "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, brutal(adj)

    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. brutal(adj)

    disagreeably direct and precise

    "he spoke with brutal honesty"

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

    mild, indirect, humane


  1. brutal(adjective)

    cold-blooded, barbaric, savage, vicious

    kind, gentle

  2. brutal(adjective)

    Savagely violent, vicious, ruthless, or cruel

    vicious, savage, cold-blooded, barbaric

    kind, gentle

  3. brutal(adjective)

    Crude or unfeeling in manner or speech.

    savage, cold-blooded, vicious, barbaric

    kind, gentle

  4. brutal(adjective)

    Harsh; unrelenting

    cold-blooded, savage, vicious, barbaric

    gentle, kind

  5. brutal(adjective)

    Disagreeably precise or penetrating

    vicious, savage, cold-blooded, barbaric

    gentle, kind

  6. brutal(adjective)

    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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. brutal

    savage, inhuman, rude, unfeeling, merciless, ruthless, brutish, barbarous, sensual, beastly, ignorant, stolid, dense, cruel, violent, vindictive, bloodthirsty, intemperate

    humane, civilized, generous, intelligent, polished, chivalrous, conscientious, self-controlled

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. brutal(a.)

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

  2. brutal(a.)

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

  3. brutal(a.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. brutal(a)

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

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  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    When I was growing up in a small village in India, the fairy-tales and children's stories led me to believe that villains and bad guys look like monsters, and they are really very rude and crude in their behavior. The movies during my generation also strengthened that perseption. As I grew up and travelled around the world, I soon realized the reality that the bad guys and villains are often good looking, well-behaved, silky smooth, sharp and smart...often too smart to gain your complete confidence before their brutal betrayal and them deceitfully back-stabbing you when you least expect it. We all discover this harsh reality hard way, after getting entangled at least once in their tantalizing tangled web of deception, that appearances can often be deceptive, and too good to be true - always! And yet, not all the times but only occasionally, the dreamer and optimist inside us likes to believe those fairy-tales and the happy-ending movies from childhood....

  2. Ehsan Sehgal:

    How I deep judge, how I deep, surprise, and shock at the brutal killing of the innocent people.

  3. Ilya Sheyman:

    Let's be clear: There's no doubt that Bashar Assad is a brutal dictator who has slaughtered his own people and is complicit in the use of chemical weapons.

  4. Chris Wheeler:

    It's (Q1) going to be a brutal quarter and this doesn’t help sentiment at all.

  5. Corey Knowlton:

    So this is just like hunting a couch? Give me a break, this isn't easy. It's brutal.

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