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adjective brutal pronunciation in British English /ˈbruːt(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    extremely violent
    her tragic and brutal death
    brutal attacks/atrocities
    a brutal war
    1. a.
      a brutal person is extremely violent or cruel
      The security guards are notoriously brutal.
  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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