Tough vs Brute - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between tough and brute
is that tough
is a person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully while brute
As an adjective tough
is strong and resilient; sturdy.
As an interjection tough
is (slang) (used to indicate lack of sympathy
As a verb tough
is to endure.
Strong and resilient; sturdy.
(of food) Difficult to cut or chew.
- The tent, made of tough canvas, held up to many abuses.
Rugged or physically hardy.
- To soften a tough cut of meat, the recipe suggested simmering it for hours.
- Only a tough species will survive in the desert.
(of weather etc) Harsh or severe.
Rowdy or rough.
- He had a reputation as a tough negotiator.
Difficult or demanding.
- A bunch of the tough boys from the wrong side of the tracks threatened him.
(material science) Undergoing plastic deformation before breaking.
- This is a tough crowd.
* do it tough
* hang tough
* tough call
* tough case
* tough cookie
* tough crowd
* tough love
* tough luck
* tough nut to crack
* tough row to hoe
* tough shit
* tough titty
* tough toodles
* tough tuchus
(slang) (Used to indicate lack of sympathy)
- If you don't like it, tough !
A person who obtains things by force; a thug or bully.
- They were doing fine until they encountered a bunch of toughs from the opposition.
* tough it out
* tough out
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