brutality

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brutality (plural brutalities)

  1. The state of being brutal.
  2. A cruel or savage act.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Then the father has a great fight with his terrible conscience,’ said Munday with granite seriousness. ‘Should he make a row with the police […]?  Or should he say nothing about it and condone brutality for fear of appearing in the newspapers?
  3. The use of excessive physical force e.g. police brutality.

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