brutal

brutal, brute, brutish, bestial, beastly, feral are not close synonyms, though all suggest a likeness to or the nature of a lower animal and all, especially as applied to persons, tend to express strong derogation.
Brutal is almost exclusively applied to men or their acts, characters, or words; it implies qualities (as sensuality, lack of intelligence or feeling, or inhumanity) that relate them to the lower animals
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a brutal beating

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a senseless and brutal war

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the consistently brutal ways of the English-speaking peoples in dealing with native populations— Mumford

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Brute is sometimes employed in distinguishing an animal from a man
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a brute creature

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brute beings

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why am I shut out like a brute beast?— Shaw

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but more often it applies to something inanimate that can be likened to the lower animals (as in its soullessness, its irrationality, its blindness, its immobility, or its inflexibility)
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brute matter

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brute force

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as we proceed in an inquiry we adjust our laws to the brute facts— Alexander

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words are . . . the careless, unfeeling brute mass that will not respond— Montague

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Brutish, like brutal, is usually applied to men or their acts, their minds, and their passions; it differs from brutal in that it rarely suggests cruelty and inhumanity but stresses likeness to an animal in stupidity, in lack of control over appetites, or in government by instinct
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how brutish is it not to understand— Spenser

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the English mistrust of the intellectual, the brutish aesthetic apathy and contempt for the creative artist must go— Connolly

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whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutishProv 12:1

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Bestial likewise applies to men and their acts, their minds, and their manners, but it usually stresses neither inhumanity nor a low-grade mind but a depravity or state of degradation unworthy of man and fit only for beasts and is therefore usually a term of severe reprobation
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bestial habits

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living in bestial filth

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inclined to describe any sexual indulgence of which he does not approve as bestialKrutch

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Beastly may come close to bestial in its suggestion of utter depravity or abominable character
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beastly cruelty

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but more often it is weakened and implies no more than disapprobation of something unpleasant or distasteful to a greater or less degree
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a beastly stench pervaded the house

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a beastly day

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beastly weather

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Feral, when applied to men, suggests savagery or ferocity
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the feral instincts of men

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her wrath, savage and feral, utterly possessed her. She was like a wild animal, cornered and conscious of defeat— S. S. Van Dine

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Analogous words: sensual, animal, fleshly, *carnal: *coarse, gross, vulgar: *stupid, dull, dense, crass: barbarous, savage (see BARBARIAN)
Contrasted words: humane, humanitarian (see CHARITABLE): gentle, mild (see SOFT): chivalrous, courteous (see CIVIL)

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