Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

brutal

 - definition
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective British English pronunciation: brutal /ˈbruːt(ə)l/
  1. 1
    extremely violent

    her tragic and brutal death

    brutal attacks/atrocities

    a brutal war

  2. 2
    extreme and unpleasant

    The government instituted the reforms in a brutal and disorganized manner.

    the brutal morning light

    1. a.
      extremely honest, in a way that seems unkind

      Let's be brutal here – he's not good enough.

      The brutal truth is that you're too old.

derived word

brutally

 British English pronunciation: brutally  adverb

The report was brutally honest.

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom gear

the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog