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brutality (plural brutalities)
- The state of being brutal.
- A cruel or savage act.
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 18, The China Governess:
- ‘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?
- The use of excessive physical force, often in the form of violence.
- police brutality
a state of being brutal
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