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Brute (adjective)

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Brute. adj. [brutus, Lat.]

  1. Senseless; unconscious.

    Nor yet are we so low and base as their atheism would depress us; not walking statues of clay, not the sons of brute earth, whose final inheritance is death and corruption. Bentl.

  2. Savage; irrational; ferine.

    Even brute animals make use of this artificial way of making divers motions, to have several significations to call, warn, chide, cherish, threaten. Holder's Elements of Speech.

    In the promulgation of the Mosaick law, if so much as a brute beast touched the mountain, it was to be struck through with a dart. South.

  3. Bestial; in common with beasts.

    Then to subdue, and quell, through all the earth,
    Brute violence, and proud tyrannick pow'r.
    Par. Regained.

  4. Rough; ferocious; uncivilized.

    The brute philosopher, who ne'er has prov'd
    The joy of loving, or of being lov'd.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Holder, William (38) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · South, Robert (158)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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