Synonyms of brutal
1 cruelDictionary • He was the victim of a very brutal murder.
cruel • the cruel practice of bullfighting
harsh • He said many harsh and unkind things.
savage • This was a savage attack on a defenceless young girl.
grim • Her expression was grim and unpleasant.
vicious • He suffered a vicious attack by a gang of youths.
ruthless • a ruthless totalitarian power
ferocious • Fighting has been ferocious.
sadistic • There was a sadistic streak in him.
heartless • I couldn't believe they were so heartless.
atrocious • The treatment of the prisoners was atrocious.
inhuman • The barbaric slaughter of whales is unnecessary and inhuman.
merciless • the merciless efficiency of a modern police state
cold-blooded • These callous, cold-blooded killers butchered six people.
inhumane • He was kept in inhumane conditions.
bloodthirsty • this bloodthirsty killer
remorseless • the capacity for quick, remorseless violence
barbarous • It was a barbarous attack on a purely civilian train.
pitiless • He saw the pitiless eyes of his enemy.
hard-hearted • You would have to be pretty hard-hearted not to feel something.
2 harshDictionary • She spoke with a brutal honesty.
rough • He was rough and common.
rude • He's rude to her friends.
indifferent • People have become indifferent to the suffering of others.
insensitive • My husband is very insensitive about my problem.
callous • a callous and brutal attack on an old man
uncaring • this uncaring attitude towards the less well off
gruff • His gruff exterior concealed a kind heart.
tactless • He had alienated many people with his tactless remarks.
unfeeling • an unfeeling bully who used his huge size to frighten people
impolite • It would be most impolite to refuse a simple invitation to supper.
uncivil • The shock of being addressed in such an uncivil tone was too much.
3 bestialDictionary • a kind of frank and brutal passion
bestial • the bestial conditions into which the city has sunk
animal • When he was drunk, he showed his animal side.
beastly (informal) • He must be wondering why everyone is being so beastly to him.
crude • a crude sense of humour
coarse • They don't know how to behave, and are coarse and insulting.
sensual • sensual pleasure
carnal • Their passion became inflamed and their carnal desires ran wild.
brutish • The man was brutish and coarse.
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animalAnimal products come from animals rather than from plants.
• When he was drunk, he showed his animal side.
atrociousIf you describe someone's behaviour or their actions as atrocious, you mean that it is unacceptable because it is extremely violent or cruel.
• The treatment of the prisoners was atrocious.
• It was a barbarous attack on a purely civilian train.
Thesaurus for brutal from the Collins English Thesaurus