Definition of bruit in English:



  • with object and adverbial Spread (a report or rumour) widely.

    ‘I didn't want to have our relationship bruited about the office’
    • ‘Arthur's treachery was not bruited in court and will not make the newspapers.’
    • ‘Seeming to respond to the radical interrogations bruited by M. Nourbese Philip in her She Tries Her Tongue, Her Silence Softly Breaks, Atwood's later ‘Marsh Languages’ also critiques the construction of language.’
    • ‘As Rennell says in a helpful appendix, the fact that Victoria accepted the ring is no evidence that they were secretly married as had been widely bruited in the 1860s when London society was agog with the notion that she had become Mrs Brown.’
    • ‘That should cause some heartburn among Red Ken's supporters if it gets bruited about.’
    • ‘As Langdon points out: ‘Fears of a Jesuit complot to undermine republican institutions by means of infiltration of these institutions with graduates of Jesuit schools were widely bruited in the 1870s.’’
    • ‘There are those of us who advised in vain that this sordid matter be quietly and wisely settled and not be bruited about in public.’
    • ‘In her recent interview with this publication, Garvey lamented that some of the cuts being bruited about in Congress could be ‘a hit for us.’’
    • ‘But that's not possible now that Alice is bruiting about the idea of running for the Senate.’
    • ‘The latter is based on the widely bruited notion that Gillette Stadium is ‘entirely privately financed,’ which isn't altogether true since $70 million in state money was spent on the surrounding infrastructure.’
    • ‘The idea that women are less able than men in science has been bruited about for centuries.’
    • ‘The idea of a plenary council for the Church in the U.S. has been widely bruited, but a plenary council has not been held since the nineteenth century and nobody quite knows what it would entail.’
    • ‘Let it no longer be bruited about that we keep it to ourselves when we err - as if indeed we wished to appear superhuman.’
    • ‘It is being bruited about that the council will have a Shiite majority, though the religious Shiite parties will not be allowed to dominate it.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in another city close to my heart, the concept of the football dream team is being bruited anew.’
    • ‘Constitutional reform, much bruited, was always a means to this, rather than an end in its own right: a bargaining chip in negotiations with the Right, which had initially wanted a strong Presidential system.’
    • ‘It's been bruited about by well-known theologians, sharp-tongued satirists and social critics (Mark Twain among others), but it's not really a very subtle point: The life of eternal blessedness sounds boring.’
    • ‘Three possible days have been bruited about for holding another session of parliament, in hopes of forming the government - Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.’
    • ‘For it had been bruited about that he was soon to emerge as one of the black hopes of Negro literature.’
    • ‘So should there have been a coalition of South Asian groups called to the table after the Bollywood Cowboy theme was bruited?’
    • ‘Even Indian Affairs Minister Jane Stewart was semi-seriously bruited as a Fontaine legover by sore losers after her his first election as AFN Grand Chief in 1997.’
    spreading, scattering, dispersal, dispersing
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  • 1archaic A report or rumour.

    ‘the wildest bruits were greedily credited’
    mass noun ‘is virtue to be established by common bruit only?’
    rumour, story, report, speculation, insinuation, suggestion, hint
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  • 2Medicine
    A sound, especially an abnormal one, heard through a stethoscope; a murmur.

    • ‘Stenosis in the artery causes a swishing sound, which is heard as a bruit on auscultation and also may be felt as a thrill or slight vibration in the vessel on palpation.’
    • ‘An arterial bruit can be heard over the liver in 7% to 29% of patients and is thought to reflect the highly vascular nature of the tumor.’
    • ‘A relative contraindication is the presence of carotid bruits, which should be evaluated by Doppler ultrasonography before proceeding with massage.’
    • ‘On physical examination, it is important to look for postural changes in vital signs, presence of arrhythmias, carotid bruits, visual problems, gait and balance abnormalities, lower extremity strength, and joint function.’
    • ‘About one half of patients with renovascular hypertension will have an abdominal bruit identifiable on physical examination.’


Late Middle English (as a noun): from Old French bruit ‘noise’, from bruire ‘to roar’.