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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BRUTE

The very drunk have the intuition sometimes of savages or brute beasts.

I believe every man's a brute when the woman he loves defies him.

That brute of a Bouquet came spying about my castle, and I did but defend myself.

From brute beasts you have restored us to the condition of men again.

But hunting does not make one wholly a brute, crying, 'Kill, kill!'

Stubborn as the brute was, I thought I should in time break him in.

If the brute had one, he can look after it himself; and I was gathering the violets—for you.

On that, the brute inquired with honeyed accents where they were staying.

My husband was a brute, and I'm thankful to say he didn't live long.

The latter relied on miracles, the former appealed to brute force.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "of or belonging to animals," from Middle French brut "coarse, brutal, raw, crude," from Latin brutus "heavy, dull, stupid," an Oscan word, from PIE root *gwere- "heavy" (see grave (adj.)). Before reaching English the meaning expanded to "of the lower animals." Used of human beings from 1530s.

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