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brutal

adjective uk   /ˈbruː.təl/ us    /-t̬əl/
C1 cruel, violent, and completely without feelings: a brutal dictator He had presided over a brutal regime in which thousands of people had "disappeared". He was imprisoned in 1945 for the brutal murder of a twelve-year-old girl. not considering someone's feelings: She spoke with brutal honesty - I was too old for the job.
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adverb uk   /-i/ us  
The old man had been brutally attacked/murdered. To be brutally honest/frank, you look fat in that dress.
Translations of “brutal”
in Korean 잔인한…
in Arabic وَحْشيّ…
in Portuguese brutal, cruel…
in Catalan brutal…
in Japanese 残虐な, 冷酷な…
in Italian brutale…
in Chinese (Traditional) 野蠻的,殘忍的, 獸性的, 直截了當的…
in Russian зверский…
in Turkish zalim, vahşi, acımasız…
in Chinese (Simplified) 野蛮的,残忍的, 兽性的, 直截了当的…
in Polish brutalny…
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