Definition of brunt in English:

brunt

noun

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

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

Late Middle English (denoting a blow or an attack, also the force or shock of something): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

brunt

/brʌnt/