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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: brut 'rough', from Latin brutus 'heavy, stupid'

brute

2 adjective
     
brute2
1

brute force/strength

physical strength rather than intelligence and careful thinking:
Discussion can be more effective than the use of brute force.
2 [only before noun] simple and not involving any other facts or qualities:
The brute fact is that the situation will not improve.
brute stupidity

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