Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of BRUTE

Pronunciation:  broot

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
  2. [n]  a cruelly rapacious person

BRUTE is a 5 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: animal, animate being, beast, beast, creature, fauna, savage, wildcat, wolf
 See Also: acrodont, adult, aggressor, animal kingdom, animal tissue, Animalia, assailant, assaulter, attacker, being, biped, captive, caput, chordate, conceptus, creepy-crawly, critter, darter, dead animal, domestic animal, embryo, face, female, fertilized egg, fictional animal, game, giant, head, herbivore, insectivore, invertebrate, kingdom Animalia, larva, male, marine animal, mate, metazoan, migrator, molter, moulter, mutant, offspring, omnivore, organism, peeper, pet, pleurodont, predator, predatory animal, prey, pureblood, purebred, quarry, racer, scavenger, sea animal, stayer, stunt, survivor, thoroughbred, varment, varmint, vermin, work animal, young, zooplankton



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Brute\, a. [F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough,
    rude, brutish, L. brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp.
    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.
    3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast.
       Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless;
       as, brute violence. --Macaulay.
             The influence of capital and mere brute labor.
    4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental;
       coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
             A great brute farmer from Liddesdale. --Sir W.
    5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling. [R.]
  2. \Brute\, n.
    1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human;
       esp. a quadruped; a beast.
             Brutes may be considered as either a["e]ral,
             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.
    Syn: See {Beast}.
  3. \Brute\, v. t. [For bruit.]
    To report; to bruit. [Obs.]
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: Adamic, animal, animalian, animalic, animalistic, anthropophagite, anthropophagous, atrocious, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, beast, beastlike, beastly, beldam, berserk, berserker, bestial, blind, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bodily, bomber, brutal, brutalized, brutelike, brutish, cannibal, cannibalistic, carnal, carnal-minded, Circean, coarse, creature, creeping thing, critter, cruel, cruel-hearted, demon, demoniac, demoniacal, destroyer, devil, devilish, diabolic, Draconian, dragon, dull, dumb, dumb animal, dumb friend, earthy, fallen, fell, feral, ferine, ferocious, fiend, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, firebrand, fire-eater, fleshly, fury, goon, gorilla, Goth, gross, gunsel, hardnose, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellish, hell-raiser, holy terror, hood, hoodlum, hothead, hotspur, hyena, incendiary, infernal, inhuman, inhumane, insensate, instinctive, instinctual, irrational, killer, lapsed, living being, living thing, mad dog, madcap, Mafioso, man-eater, material, materialistic, mindless, monster, mugger, murderous, Neanderthal, nihilist, nonrational, nonspiritual, orgiastic, physical, postlapsarian, rapist, revolutionary, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage, senseless, shark, sharkish, she-wolf, slavering, spitfire, subhuman, swinish, Tartarean, termagant, terror, terrorist, thoughtless, tiger, tigress, tough, tough guy, troglodyte, truculent, ugly customer, unchristian, uncivilized, unconscious, unfeeling, unhuman, unintelligent, unreasoning, unspiritual, unthinking, vandal, varmint, vicious, violent, virago, vixen, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, wolfish, wrecker, Young Turk, zoic, zooidal, zoologic