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Definition of Brute

Brute

  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.
  3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence.
  4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
  5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling.
  6. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast.
  7. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person.
  8. To report; to bruit.

Brute Quotations

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.
Ayn Rand

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is something in the unselfish and self-sacrificing love of a brute, which goes directly to the heart of him who has had frequent occasion to test the paltry friendship and gossamer fidelity of mere Man.
Edgar Allan Poe

All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.
Thomas Hobbes

I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.
Oscar Wilde
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Brute Translations

brute in Dutch is ruw, dierlijk, beestachtig, bruut
brute in German is Tier, brutaler Kerl, Vieh, Tier
brute in Hungarian is barom, kegyetlen ember, baromi, baromi ember
brute in Portuguese is bruto
brute in Spanish is bruto

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