Definition of brutally in English:



  • 1In a savagely violent way.

    ‘he was imprisoned and brutally tortured’
    ‘he brutally murdered an innocent man’
    • ‘In 1888, in the Whitechapel District of London, someone is brutally murdering prostitutes.’
    • ‘The independence of domestic prosecutors and judges is questionable when a dictatorial regime has reigned brutally and for so long.’
    • ‘Though no one resisted arrest, police brutally threw the protesters to the floor and handcuffed them.’
    • ‘The demonstrators in the restricted area were brutally beaten and arrested by the military police.’
    • ‘His window looks out at a schoolboy being brutally arrested.’
    • ‘In not one case has the government acted to support those who've been brutally oppressed.’
    • ‘Acting on his own desperation, he begins to brutally beat Jamie.’
    • ‘He enters, and finds two people brutally murdered.’
    • ‘Against a backdrop of political intrigue, police corruption, and her own tortured history, she brutally exacts her revenge.’
    • ‘He is plagued by a series of surreal hallucinations in which his father is brutally tortured.’
    1. 1.1as submodifier In a direct way that does not attempt to disguise unpleasantness.
      ‘she was unapologetic and brutally honest’
      ‘a brutally candid interview’
      • ‘It is hard to be brutally critical of this DVD beyond mockery and a good-natured ribbing.’
      • ‘The brutally direct communications engendered by youthful, student audiences tend to endear them to dancers.’
      • ‘The dance series was inspired by the work of Gorey, that darkly mischievous and brutally perceptive illustrator.’
      • ‘The film's brutally unromantic conception of religion is summed up in this one scene.’
      • ‘He and his friends indeed are brutally unfeeling at best and hateful at worst.’
      • ‘He is a potentially fascinating character, charming, brutally insensitive, fun-loving and more of a child than any of his children.’
      • ‘The film has won accolades for being both brutally honest and very funny.’
      • ‘In the public eye, he was brutally forthright, never more so than on Face to Face.’
      • ‘Her art is less brutally frank, but no less provocative.’
      • ‘I remember the movie's brutally accurate depiction of the rough South.’
    2. 1.2as submodifier To an extremely unpleasant or harsh degree.
      ‘weeks of brutally cold weather’
      ‘a brutally competitive market’
      • ‘In the 18th century, this 'rule of law' was often brutally apparent.’
      • ‘What I propose is a brutally mathematical system that nonetheless would be pretty straightforward.’
      • ‘An extreme and brutally clear case of differentiation by civic status appears in a 5th-century law-code published in southern Crete.’
      • ‘It's the brutally bizarre nature of their relationship that holds one's interest.’
      • ‘With brutally unforgiving winters, and summers of drought and fist-sized hailstones, these states practically beg travelers to keep on moving.’
      • ‘It is a brutally devastating story of an old woman forced to live out her days with haunting memories of her past as she monitors a men's bathroom.’
      • ‘Firefighters faced brutally hot, dangerously dry conditions as they battled a wildfire outside Palm Springs.’
      • ‘Arriving on a brutally cold morning in April, I found her preoccupied with getting her gallery installations ready for a crowd of collectors.’
      • ‘The soundtrack becomes brutally tedious after 20 minutes or so.’
      • ‘The predominance of industrial labor has to a large extent been replaced by the service sector in a brutally rapid transformation.’