Definition of brunt in English:



  • The worst part or chief impact of a specified action.

    ‘education will bear the brunt of the cuts’
    • ‘As a result, the families are broken up and children bear the brunt of the developments that follow.’
    • ‘The front left-hand side of the bus bore the brunt of the impact and its passenger door was destroyed.’
    • ‘Many of those trapped and injured were in the front first-class carriage, which took the brunt of the impact.’
    • ‘The front left hand side of the First bus bore the brunt of the impact, and the passenger door was destroyed.’
    • ‘Meanwhile it is the bewildered and shocked members who have borne the brunt of the uncertainty.’
    • ‘The poor of the world will have to bear the brunt of the resulting resource degradation.’
    • ‘Pakistan was then, as today, a frontline state and bore the brunt of the economic and social impact of the conflict.’
    • ‘There were one or two difficulties on the tiny stage, of which opening band Fever Dog bore the brunt.’
    • ‘Xander is the most changed, so he's going to bear the brunt of the effects of the virus.’
    • ‘Rural women bear the brunt of the problems caused by environmental degradation.’
    • ‘The target is probably where you're choosing to focus their effect, absorbing the brunt of the tangle.’
    • ‘The van bore the brunt of the impact and skidded over forty yards into a stone wall following the collision.’
    • ‘As was expected it is the small and medium businesses in which have been forced to face the brunt of the Act.’
    • ‘As a result, the highlands of East Africa bore the brunt of European colonization.’
    • ‘The hotel's casual staff were baring the brunt of the loss in business with a reduction in their hours.’
    • ‘She managed to get a little bit of her arm in the way, but she took the brunt of the force on her middle.’
    • ‘His daughter has to bear the brunt of talk generated by her father's downfall.’
    • ‘Sales and marketing staff are expected to bear the brunt of the cost-cutting measures.’
    • ‘Steven took the brunt of the attack which left him unconscious and needing hospital treatment.’
    • ‘The bottom line is the common risk factors really are carrying the brunt of the burden.’
    full force, force, impact, shock, burden, pressure, strain, stress, impetus, thrust, weight, violence
    effect, repercussions, consequences
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Late Middle English (denoting a blow or an attack, also the force or shock of something): of unknown origin.