Definitions for: Brute

[n] a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
[n] a cruelly rapacious person

Webster (1913) Definition: Brute, a. [F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough,
rude, brutish, L. brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp.
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.

3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast.
Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless;
as, brute violence. --Macaulay.

The influence of capital and mere brute labor.

4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental;
coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.

A great brute farmer from Liddesdale. --Sir W.

5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling. [R.]

Brute, n.
1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human;
esp. a quadruped; a beast.

Brutes may be considered as either a["e]ral,
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.

Syn: See Beast.

Brute, v. t. [For bruit.]
To report; to bruit. [Obs.]

Synonyms: animal, animate being, beast, beast, creature, fauna, savage, wildcat, wolf

See Also: acrodont, adult, aggressor, animal kingdom, animal tissue, Animalia, assailant, assaulter, attacker, being, biped, captive, caput, chordate, conceptus, creepy-crawly, critter, darter, dead animal, domestic animal, embryo, face, female, fertilized egg, fictional animal, game, giant, head, herbivore, insectivore, invertebrate, kingdom Animalia, larva, male, marine animal, mate, metazoan, migrator, molter, moulter, mutant, offspring, omnivore, organism, peeper, pet, pleurodont, predator, predatory animal, prey, pureblood, purebred, quarry, racer, scavenger, sea animal, stayer, stunt, survivor, thoroughbred, varment, varmint, vermin, work animal, young, zooplankton

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