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NOUN (2)

1. a cruelly rapacious person;
[syn: beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcat]

2. a living organism characterized by voluntary movement;
[syn: animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna]


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility;
- Example: "beastly desires"
- Example: "a bestial nature"
- Example: "brute force"
- Example: "a dull and brutish man"
- Example: "bestial treatment of prisoners"
[syn: beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutal]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brute \Brute\, a. [F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough, rude, brutish, L. brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp. bruto.] 1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature. [1913 Webster] 2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation. [1913 Webster] A creature . . . not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] The influence of capital and mere brute labor. --Playfair. [1913 Webster] 4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent. [1913 Webster] A great brute farmer from Liddesdale. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] 5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling. [R.] [1913 Webster] brute force, The application of predominantly physical effort to achieve a goal that could be accomplished with less effort if more carefully considered. Figuratively, repetitive or strenuous application of an obvious or simple tactic, as contrasted with a more clever stratagem achieving the same goal with less effort; -- as, the first prime numbers were discovered by the brute force repetition of the Sieve of Eratosthenes. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brute \Brute\, v. t. [For bruit.] To report; to bruit. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brute \Brute\, n. 1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast. [1913 Webster] Brutes may be considered as either a["e]rial, terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person. [1913 Webster] An ill-natured brute of a husband. --Franklin. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Beast. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

brute adj 1: resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility; "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners" [syn: beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutal] n 1: a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, savage, brute, wildcat] 2: a living organism characterized by voluntary movement [syn: animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

165 Moby Thesaurus words for "brute": Adamic, Circean, Draconian, Goth, Mafioso, Neanderthal, Tartarean, Young Turk, animal, animalian, animalic, animalistic, anthropophagite, anthropophagous, atrocious, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, beast, beastlike, beastly, beldam, berserk, berserker, bestial, blind, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bodily, bomber, brutal, brutalized, brutelike, brutish, cannibal, cannibalistic, carnal, carnal-minded, coarse, creature, creeping thing, critter, cruel, cruel-hearted, demon, demoniac, demoniacal, destroyer, devil, devilish, diabolic, dragon, dull, dumb, dumb animal, dumb friend, earthy, fallen, fell, feral, ferine, ferocious, fiend, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, fire-eater, firebrand, fleshly, fury, goon, gorilla, gross, gunsel, hardnose, hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellish, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hothead, hotspur, hyena, incendiary, infernal, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, instinctive, instinctual, irrational, killer, lapsed, living being, living thing, mad dog, madcap, man-eater, material, materialistic, mindless, monster, mugger, murderous, nihilist, nonrational, nonspiritual, orgiastic, physical, postlapsarian, rapist, revolutionary, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage, senseless, shark, sharkish, she-wolf, slavering, spitfire, subhuman, swinish, termagant, terror, terrorist, thoughtless, tiger, tigress, tough, tough guy, troglodyte, truculent, ugly customer, unchristian, uncivilized, unconscious, unfeeling, unhuman, unintelligent, unreasoning, unspiritual, unthinking, vandal, varmint, vicious, violent, virago, vixen, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, wolfish, wrecker, zoic, zooidal, zoologic
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

BRUTE, n. See HUSBAND.