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Noun: brutality  broo'ta-li-tee
  1. The trait of extreme cruelty
    - ferociousness, viciousness, savagery
     
  2. A barbarous, cruel, or savage act
    "the people slowly progressed from brutality to civilization";
    - barbarity, barbarism, savagery

Derived forms: brutalities

Type of: atrocity, cruelness, cruelty, harshness, inhumanity

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