Definition of Brute

1. Adjective. Resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility. "Bestial treatment of prisoners"

Exact synonyms: Beastly, Bestial, Brutal, Brutish
Similar to: Inhumane
Derivative terms: Beast, Beastliness, Beast, Bestiality, Bestialize, Brutalize, Brutalize

2. Noun. A cruelly rapacious person.
Exact synonyms: Beast, Savage, Wildcat, Wolf
Generic synonyms: Aggressor, Assailant, Assaulter, Attacker
Derivative terms: Savage, Savage

3. Noun. A living organism characterized by voluntary movement.
Exact synonyms: Animal, Animate Being, Beast, Creature, Fauna
Generic synonyms: Being, Organism
Examples of category: Ritual Killing, Sacrifice, Tracking, Trailing, Micro-organism, Microorganism, Actinomycete, Trap, Humaneness, Body, Organic Structure, Physical Structure, Side, Nose, Diet, Transmitter, Vector, Sitter, Stander, Wart, Schistosome Dermatitis, Swimmer's Itch, Bone, Debone, Domesticate, Tame, Domesticate, Domesticise, Domesticize, Reclaim, Tame, Drench, Crop, Graze, Pasture, Crested, Topknotted, Tufted, Bone-covered, Free-swimming, Unattached, Hispid, Flesh-eating, Meat-eating, Zoophagous, Phytophagic, Phytophagous, Phytophilous, Plant-eating, All-devouring, Insectivorous, Epizootic, Adult, Big, Full-grown, Fully Grown, Grown, Grownup, Half-blooded, Half-bred, Half-breed, Registered, Unregistered, Gregarious, Social
Group relationships: Animal Kingdom, Animalia, Kingdom Animalia
Specialized synonyms: Pest, Critter, Creepy-crawly, Darter, Peeper, Homeotherm, Homoiotherm, Homotherm, Ectotherm, Poikilotherm, Range Animal, Varment, Varmint, Scavenger, Work Animal, Domestic Animal, Domesticated Animal, Feeder, Migrator, Molter, Moulter, Pet, Stayer, Stunt, Marine Animal, Marine Creature, Sea Animal, Sea Creature, Female, Male, Adult, Offspring, Young, Pureblood, Purebred, Thoroughbred, Giant, Survivor, Mutant, Herbivore, Insectivore, Acrodont, Pleurodont, Zooplankton, Conceptus, Embryo, Fertilized Egg, Chordate, Invertebrate, Metazoan, Omnivore, Predator, Predatory Animal, Prey, Quarry, Game, Hexapod, Biped, Larva, Racer, Fictional Animal, Captive, Mate
Terms within: Animal Tissue
Terms within: Caput, Head, Face
Derivative terms: Animalise, Animalize, Beastly, Bestial, Create

Definition of Brute

1. a. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature.

2. n. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast.

3. v. t. To report; to bruit.

Definition of Brute

1. Adjective. Without reason or intelligence (of animals). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

2. Adjective. Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans). (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Adjective. Crude, unpolished. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

5. Adjective. Strong, blunt, and spontaneous ¹

6. Noun. An animal seen as being without human reason; a senseless beast. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

7. Noun. Someone with the characteristics of an unthinking animal; a coarse or brutal person. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete spelling of bruit) ¹

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Definition of Brute

1. to shape a diamond by rubbing it with another diamond [v BRUTED, BRUTING, BRUTES]

Medical Definition of Brute

1. 1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature. 2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation. "A creature . . . Not prone And brute as other creatures, but endued With sanctity of reason." (Milton) 3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence. "The influence of capital and mere brute labour." (Playfair) 4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent. "A great brute farmer from Liddesdale." (Sir W. Scott) 5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling. Origin: F. Brut, nasc, brute, fem, raw, rough, rude, brutish, L. Brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp. Bruto. 1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; especially. A quadruped; a beast. "Brutes may be considered as either aeral, terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious." (Locke) 2. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person. "An ill-natured brute of a husband." (Franklin) Synonym: See Beast. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Brute

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