Definition of brutality in English:



  • [mass noun] Savage physical violence; great cruelty.

    ‘brutality against civilians’
    • ‘The images of abuse and brutality he records are horrifyingly familiar.’
    • ‘It was a clearly planned killing with murderous intent executed with brutality and determination.’
    • ‘I don't think he was exposed to enough of their atrocities and enough of their brutalities to understand what he really was getting involved in.’
    • ‘Gone are the times when tensions would erupt in a blizzard of savage brutality.’
    • ‘The shock of inhuman brutality was sufficient to traumatize the inhabitants into submission.’
    savagery, cruelty, bloodthirstiness, viciousness, ferocity, barbarity, wickedness, murderousness, cold-bloodedness, hard-heartedness, harshness
    ruthlessness, callousness, heartlessness, mercilessness, pitilessness, remorselessness, sadism
    inhumanity, heinousness, monstrousness, atrocity, vileness
    bestiality, brutishness, beastliness
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