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
(obsolete) An enemy, unfriend, or foe.
(religious, archaic) The enemy of mankind, specifically, the Devil; Satan.
* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society 2012, p. 35:
A devil or demon; a malignant or diabolical being; an evil spirit.
* 1845 , E.A. Poe, "The Raven"
- At the confirmation ceremony the bishop would lay his hands on the child and tie around its forehead a linen band […]. This was believed to strengthen him against the assaults of the fiend […].
A very evil person
(informal) An addict or fanatic
- "Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend! "
- a jazz fiend
* dope fiend