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

  Brute \Brute\, a. [F. brut, nasc., brute, fem., raw, rough,
     rude, brutish, L. brutus stupid, irrational: cf. It. & Sp.
     bruto.]
     1. Not having sensation; senseless; inanimate; unconscious;
        without intelligence or volition; as, the brute earth; the
        brute powers of nature.
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     2. Not possessing reason, irrational; unthinking; as, a brute
        beast; the brute creation.
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              A creature . . . not prone
              And brute as other creatures, but endued
              With sanctity of reason.              --Milton.
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     3. Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of, a brute beast.
        Hence: Brutal; cruel; fierce; ferocious; savage; pitiless;
        as, brute violence. --Macaulay.
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              The influence of capital and mere brute labor.
                                                    --Playfair.
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     4. Having the physical powers predominating over the mental;
        coarse; unpolished; unintelligent.
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              A great brute farmer from Liddesdale. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     5. Rough; uncivilized; unfeeling. [R.]
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     brute force, The application of predominantly physical
        effort to achieve a goal that could be accomplished with
        less effort if more carefully considered. Figuratively,
        repetitive or strenuous application of an obvious or
        simple tactic, as contrasted with a more clever stratagem
        achieving the same goal with less effort; -- as, the first
        prime numbers were discovered by the brute force
        repetition of the Sieve of Eratosthenes.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brute \Brute\, v. t. [For bruit.]
     To report; to bruit. [Obs.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Brute \Brute\, n.
     1. An animal destitute of human reason; any animal not human;
        esp. a quadruped; a beast.
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              Brutes may be considered as either a["e]rial,
              terrestrial, aquatic, or amphibious.  --Locke.
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     2. A brutal person; a savage in heart or manners; as
        unfeeling or coarse person.
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              An ill-natured brute of a husband.    --Franklin.
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     Syn: See Beast.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  brute
      adj 1: 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]
      n 1: a cruelly rapacious person [syn: beast, wolf, savage,
           brute, wildcat]
      2: a living organism characterized by voluntary movement [syn:
         animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature,
         fauna]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  165 Moby Thesaurus words for "brute":
     Adamic, Circean, Draconian, Goth, Mafioso, Neanderthal, Tartarean,
     Young Turk, animal, animalian, animalic, animalistic,
     anthropophagite, anthropophagous, atrocious, barbarian, barbaric,
     barbarous, beast, beastlike, beastly, beldam, berserk, berserker,
     bestial, blind, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bodily,
     bomber, brutal, brutalized, brutelike, brutish, cannibal,
     cannibalistic, carnal, carnal-minded, coarse, creature,
     creeping thing, critter, cruel, cruel-hearted, demon, demoniac,
     demoniacal, destroyer, devil, devilish, diabolic, dragon, dull,
     dumb, dumb animal, dumb friend, earthy, fallen, fell, feral,
     ferine, ferocious, fiend, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, fire-eater,
     firebrand, fleshly, fury, goon, gorilla, gross, gunsel, hardnose,
     hell-raiser, hellcat, hellhound, hellion, hellish, holy terror,
     hood, hoodlum, hothead, hotspur, hyena, incendiary, infernal,
     inhuman, inhumane, insensate, instinctive, instinctual, irrational,
     killer, lapsed, living being, living thing, mad dog, madcap,
     man-eater, material, materialistic, mindless, monster, mugger,
     murderous, nihilist, nonrational, nonspiritual, orgiastic,
     physical, postlapsarian, rapist, revolutionary, ruthless, sadistic,
     sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage, senseless, shark,
     sharkish, she-wolf, slavering, spitfire, subhuman, swinish,
     termagant, terror, terrorist, thoughtless, tiger, tigress, tough,
     tough guy, troglodyte, truculent, ugly customer, unchristian,
     uncivilized, unconscious, unfeeling, unhuman, unintelligent,
     unreasoning, unspiritual, unthinking, vandal, varmint, vicious,
     violent, virago, vixen, wild beast, wild man, witch, wolf, wolfish,
     wrecker, zoic, zooidal, zoologic
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  BRUTE, n.  See HUSBAND.
  

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