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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

Man's nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
Mahatma Gandhi

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