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 for brutal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brutal \Bru"tal\, a. [Cf. F. brutal. See Brute, a.]
     1. Of or pertaining to a brute; as, brutal nature. "Above the
        rest of brutal kind." --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Like a brute; savage; cruel; inhuman; brutish; unfeeling;
        merciless; gross; as, brutal manners. "Brutal
        intemperance." --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  brutal
      adj 1: (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict
             pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal
             beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod
             treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious
             kicks" [syn: barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell,
             roughshod, savage, vicious]
      2: harsh; "the brutal summer sun"; "a brutal winter" [syn:
         brutal, unrelenting]
      3: resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility;
         "beastly desires"; "a bestial nature"; "brute force"; "a dull
         and brutish man"; "bestial treatment of prisoners" [syn:
         beastly, bestial, brute(a), brutish, brutal]
      4: disagreeably direct and precise; "he spoke with brutal
         honesty"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  242 Moby Thesaurus words for "brutal":
     Adamic, Circean, Draconian, Gothic, Herculean, Neanderthal,
     Tartarean, abominable, abstruse, animal, animalian, animalic,
     animalistic, anthropophagous, arduous, arrant, atrocious, awful,
     baneful, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, base, beastlike, beastly,
     beneath contempt, bestial, bitter, blameworthy, bloodthirsty,
     bloody, bloody-minded, bodily, boorish, brutalized, brute,
     brutelike, brutish, cannibalistic, carnal, carnal-minded, coarse,
     cold-blooded, complex, contemptible, crass, critical, crude, cruel,
     cruel-hearted, deadly, death-bringing, deathful, deathly, delicate,
     demanding, demoniac, demoniacal, deplorable, despicable,
     destructive, detestable, devilish, diabolic, difficile, difficult,
     dire, disgusting, dreadful, dumb, earthy, egregious, enormous,
     exacting, fallen, fatal, fell, feral, ferine, ferocious, fetid,
     fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, filthy, flagrant, fleshly, formidable,
     foul, fulsome, grievous, gross, hairy, hard, hard-earned,
     hard-fought, harsh, hateful, heartless, heinous, hellish, horrible,
     horrid, ill-bred, ill-mannered, impolite, inclement, infamous,
     infernal, inhuman, inhumane, insensitive, instinctive, instinctual,
     intemperate, internecine, intricate, jawbreaking, kill-crazy,
     killing, knotted, knotty, laborious, lamentable, lapsed, lethal,
     loathsome, lousy, malign, malignant, material, materialistic, mean,
     merciless, mindless, monstrous, mortal, murderous, nasty,
     nefarious, no picnic, noisome, noncivilized, nonrational,
     nonspiritual, not easy, notorious, obnoxious, odious, offensive,
     operose, orgiastic, outlandish, outrageous, pernicious, physical,
     pitiable, pitiful, pitiless, postlapsarian, primitive, rank,
     regrettable, remorseless, reprehensible, repulsive, rigorous,
     rotten, rough, rough-and-ready, rude, rugged, rustic, ruthless,
     sad, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage,
     scandalous, schlock, scurvy, set with thorns, severe, shabby,
     shameful, sharkish, shocking, shoddy, slavering, sordid, spiny,
     squalid, steep, strenuous, subhuman, swinish, tameless, terrible,
     thorny, ticklish, toilsome, too bad, tough, tricky, troglodytic,
     truculent, unchristian, uncivil, uncivilized, unclean, uncombed,
     uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unfeeling, ungentle, unhuman,
     unkempt, unkind, unlicked, unpolished, unrefined, unspiritual,
     unsympathetic, untamed, uphill, vicious, vile, villainous,
     virulent, wicked, wild, woeful, wolfish, worst, worthless,
     wretched, zoic, zooidal, zoologic
  
  

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