Brute

Definition of Brute

a.1.Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious; without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the brute powers of nature.
2.Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute beast; the brute creation.
A creature . . . not prone
And brute as other creatures, but endued
With sanctity of reason.
- Milton.
3.Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast. Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless; as, brute violence.
The influence of capital and mere brute labor.
- Playfair.
4.Having the physical powers predominating over the mental; coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
A great brute farmer from Liddesdale.
- Sir W. Scott.
5.Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling.
The application of predominantly physical effort to achieve a goal that could be accomplished with less effort if more carefully considered. Figuratively, repetitive or strenuous application of an obvious or simple tactic, as contrasted with a more clever stratagem achieving the same goal with less effort; - as, the first prime numbers were discovered by the brute force repetition of the Sieve of Eratosthenes.
n.1.An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; esp. a quadruped; a beast.
Brutes may be considered as either aërial, terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious.
- Locke.
2.A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as unfeeling or coarse person.
An ill-natured brute of a husband.
- Franklin.
v. t.1.To report; to bruit.

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