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brutaladjective

 us   /ˈbru·t̬əl/
cruel and ​violent: The ​attacks on the ​crew were ​quite brutal. fig. Brutal can also ​meanunpleasant or ​difficult: The ​weather was brutal – ​hot and ​humid. Brutal can also ​meanplain and ​direct, without ​worrying about anyone’s ​feelings: She ​spoke with brutal ​honesty about his ​behavior.
brutally
adverb  us   /ˈbru·t̬əl·i/
He was brutally ​beaten. She’s being brutally ​honest.
(Definition of brutal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"brutal" in British English

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brutaladjective

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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brutally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
The ​old man had been brutally attacked/​murdered. To be brutally honest/​frank, you ​lookfat in that ​dress.
(Definition of brutal from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “brutal”
in Arabic وَحْشيّ…
in Korean 잔인한…
in Portuguese brutal, cruel…
in Catalan brutal…
in Japanese 残虐な, 冷酷な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 野蛮的,残忍的, 兽性的, 直截了当的…
in Turkish zalim, vahşi, acımasız…
in Russian зверский…
in Chinese (Traditional) 野蠻的,殘忍的, 獸性的, 直截了當的…
in Italian brutale…
in Polish brutalny…
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