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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.

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 British English pronunciation: brutally  adverb

The report was brutally honest.

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