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 labour." (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.

Origin: F. Brut, nasc, brute, fem, raw, rough, rude, brutish, L. Brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp. Bruto.

1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human; especially. A quadruped; a beast. "Brutes may be considered as either aeral, 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)

Synonyms: See Beast.

(01 Mar 1998)

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