Definition of brutish in English:

brutish

adjective

  • Resembling or characteristic of a brute.

    ‘he was coarse and brutish’
    ‘brutish behaviour’
    • ‘When it comes to brutish tactics and mercilessness, Stefan knows no limits.’
    • ‘Stupid, brutish, inarticulate, prone to destroying things when enraged - this is not a hero.’
    • ‘I was too small to wrestle on equal terms with the brutish currents of the surging Rhine minutes after the collapse of the bridge at Remagen.’
    • ‘When the play was filmed in 1951, his brutish, inarticulate Kowalski unleashed a cry of anguish that would echo down the decades.’
    • ‘It is telling that his hero is an honest cop, sometimes brutish but never cruel.’
    • ‘As for his women he can be charming when necessary, brutish otherwise, and contemptuous thereafter.’
    • ‘If we do not speak out and act to stop the brutish behaviour of our Government, then we become accomplices to its wrongdoings.’
    • ‘You don't suddenly tolerate brutish behavior because it is your child causing the harm.’
    • ‘I think it's something about the brutish character who is forced to act in a civilized manner, you want him to succeed, even where you know he'll fail.’
    • ‘But Atuat is promised to Oki, a particularly nasty, brutish and short member of their small nomadic community.’
    • ‘Behind each crest of a ravenous bird or brutish beast lay men equally as daunting.’
    • ‘Yet many argue that this liberalisation of drinking hours is now contributing to the brutish behaviour on the streets.’
    • ‘What can the perpetrator of these crimes use to justify his brutish means to achieve his fiendish ends?’
    • ‘The Sparks increased their signature brutish nature to win their seventh consecutive game.’
    • ‘Rather a nasty, brutish man, he seems to delight in tormenting Harry Potter.’
    • ‘This morning at about seven, I heard one of the eldest boys forcibly eject Bobbie from the house in a rather brutish manner.’
    • ‘One would like to think humans are benign but it would seem we're brutish, which is why I'm interested in literature around that.’
    • ‘I think they think that wrestlers might be kind of like these brutish, kind of mannish girls.’
    • ‘Keen to erase his brutish image, he has agreed to allow me and a Sunday Times photographer to shadow him for three days.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most powerful film is ‘Dekalog 5’, in which a brutish youth murders a taxi driver in cold blood, is captured, put on trial and hanged.’
    brutal, barbaric, barbarous, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, nasty, ruthless, merciless, villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, low-down, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible
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Pronunciation

brutish

/ˈbruːtɪʃ/