One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a brutal attack on an elderly man’
savage, cruel, bloodthirsty, vicious, ferocious, barbaric, barbarous, wicked, murderous, cold-blooded, hard-hearted, harsh
ruthless, callous, heartless, merciless, pitiless, remorseless, sadistic, unfeeling
inhuman, heinous, monstrous, abominable, atrocious, vile, infernal, uncivilized
bestial, brutish, beastly, animal
2‘he replied with brutal honesty’
unsparing, unstinting, unadorned, unembellished, unvarnished, bald, naked, stark, blunt, direct, straight, straightforward, frank, outspoken, forthright, plain-spoken
complete, total, unequivocal, unambiguous
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