A barbaric act.
The condition of existing barbarically.
* 1879, William Tecumseh Sherman, Address to the Michigan Military Academy
- These barbarisms can not be allowed to continue; they must be crushed or civilization will collapse.
An error in language use within a single word, such as a mispronunciation.
* 2002, Hyman, Bad Grammar in Context , New England Classical Journal, 29, p. 94-101
- War is at best barbarism...It's glory is all moonshine.
- In the jargon of the ancient grammarian, penacilin would be a barbarism .
Without reason or intelligence (of animals).
Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans).
- a brute beast
Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless.
- A creature not prone / And brute as other creatures, but endued / With sanctity of reason.
* Sir Walter Scott
- the brute''' earth; the '''brute powers of nature
Strong, blunt, and spontaneous.
- a great brute farmer from Liddesdale
Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless.
- I punched him with brute force.
- brute violence
* 1714 , (Bernard Mandeville), The Fable of the Bees :
* 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.17:
- they laid before them how unbecoming it was the Dignity of such sublime Creatures to be sollicitous about gratifying those Appetites, which they had in common with Brutes , and at the same time unmindful of those higher qualities that gave them the preeminence over all visible Beings.
A person with the characteristics of an unthinking animal; a coarse or brutal person.
- But if he lives badly, he will, in the next life, be a woman; if he (or she) persists in evil-doing, he (or she) will become a brute , and go on through transmigrations until at last reason conquers.
- One of them was a hulking brute of a man, heavily tattooed and with a hardened face that practically screamed "I just got out of jail."
(archaic, slang, UK, Cambridge University) One who has not yet matriculated.
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
* brute force