AskDefine | Define brutality

Dictionary Definition



1 the trait of extreme cruelty [syn: ferociousness, viciousness, savageness, savagery]
2 a brutal barbarous savage act [syn: barbarity, barbarism, savagery]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the state of being brutal
  2. a cruel or savage act
  3. the use of excessive physical force e.g. police brutality



en-adj brutal
  1. In heavy metal, to describe the speed of the music and the density of riffs.

Extensive Definition

Brutality may refer to:
brutality in Russian: Брутальность/Temp

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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