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Dictionary definition for: Brutal

1. (s) (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; "brutal instruments of torture" "cruel weapons of war"

2. (s) (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime" "brutal beatings" "cruel tortures" "Stalin''s roughshod treatment of the kulaks" "a savage slap" "vicious kicks"

3. (s) used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering; "brutal weather" "northern winters can be cruel" "a cruel world" "a harsh climate" "a rigorous climate" "unkind winters"

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