Brute vs Thug - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between brute and thug
is that brute
is while thug
is a criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
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
) . Thuggee
was an Indian network of secret fraternities who were engaged in murdering and robbing travellers and known for strangling their victims, operating from the 17th century (possibly as early as 13th century) to the 19th century. During of India, many Indian words passed into common English, and in 1810 thug
referred to members of these Indian gangs. The sense was adopted more generally as "ruffian, cutthroat" by 1839.
A criminal with an intimidating and unseemly appearance and mannerisms, who treats others violently and roughly, especially for hire.
(dated) One of a band of assassins formerly active in northern India who worshipped and offered their victims to her.
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