Brutality - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bruːˈtæləti|  American pronunciation of the word brutality
Brit.  |brʊˈtalɪti|  British pronunciation of the word brutality


- the trait of extreme cruelty (syn: ferociousness, savagery, viciousness)
- a brutal barbarous savage act (syn: barbarism, barbarity, savagery)


...the police were accused of brutality for using excessive force in making arrests...

People were shocked by the animal brutality of the attack. the war reached its climacteric phase, the atrocities dramatically increased, both in number and brutality...

certain representations were made concerning police brutality

there was a conspiracy of silence about police brutality

Word forms

singular: brutality
plural: brutalities
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