Understand “Brutal” through Etymology
The Etymology of Brutal
The word “brutal” derives from the Middle French part “brut“, meaning “animal“. When we describe something as brutal we insinuate that that thing (or person) is animal-like.
The word shares its root with other words like brutish, brutality, brutally, etc.
“Ed tu, Brute?” – the famous last words of Julius Caesar – also shares a deep connection here, but through its Latin origin. In Latin, “brut“ means “heavy, dull, stupid”. This is said to be the origin of the name Brutus. This developed into the sense of “animal” when the root went to Middle French.
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