Brute vs Rat - What's the difference?

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Brute is a related term of rat.

As a noun brute

is .

As an adjective rat is




(wikipedia brute)


  • Without reason or intelligence (of animals).
  • a brute beast
  • Characteristic of unthinking animals; senseless, unreasoning (of humans).
  • * Milton
  • A creature not prone / And brute as other creatures, but endued / With sanctity of reason.
  • Being unconnected with intelligence or thought; purely material, senseless.
  • the brute''' earth; the '''brute powers of nature
  • Crude, unpolished.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • a great brute farmer from Liddesdale
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  • Strong, blunt, and spontaneous.
  • I punched him with brute force.
  • Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless.
  • brute violence


    (en noun)
  • * 1714 , (Bernard Mandeville), The Fable of the Bees :
  • 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.
  • * 1946 , (Bertrand Russell), History of Western Philosophy , I.17:
  • 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.
  • A person with the characteristics of an unthinking animal; a coarse or brutal person.
  • 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."
  • *
  • 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.
  • (archaic, slang, UK, Cambridge University) One who has not yet matriculated.
  • Derived terms

    * brutal * brutality * brute force * brutish


  • Anagrams

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    (wikipedia rat)


    (en noun)
  • (zoology) A medium-sized rodent belonging to the genus Rattus .
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  • (informal) A term indiscriminately applied to numerous members of several rodent families (e.g. voles and mice) having bodies longer than about 12 cm, or 5 inches.
  • (informal) A person who is known for betrayal; a scoundrel; a quisling.
  • * 1883 , (Robert Louis Stevenson), (Treasure Island)
  • He’s more a man than any pair of rats of you in this here house.
  • (informal) An informant or snitch.
  • (slang) A person who routinely spends time at a particular location.
  • Scab.
  • Vagina.
  • A wad of shed hair used as part of a hairstyle.
  • Synonyms
    * (person known for betrayal) traitor (see for more synonyms ) * (informer) stool pigeon
    Derived terms
    * black rat * brown rat * desert rat * give a rat's ass * * like rats from a sinking ship * love rat * mall rat * ratface * ratfink * ratter * rat race * rattail * ratty * rat's nest * rat-trap * ring rat * smell a rat * gym rat
    See also
    * mouse * rodent


  • To betray someone and tell their secret to an authority or an enemy; to turn someone in, bewray.
  • He ratted on his coworker.
    He is going to rat us out!
  • To kill rats.
  • Synonyms
    * (to betray someone to an authority) tell on, to finger or "put the finger on", bewray


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