In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(person)animal informalbestiabruto masculinebruta feminineher son is a big brute of a man — su hijo es un animal / una / un bestia
- The public would view the woman's affair as a sad, desperate attempt to gain some comfort in the hellish life her brute of a husband had imposed on her.
- To others, we are a combination of animals, brutes, deviates, psychopaths, products of broken homes, or just plain psychologically unbalanced individuals.
- But the popular image of Mary Shelley's monster as a lurching brute is a world away from her original vision.
- The people who really could complain about being portrayed as sadistic brutes are the Roman soldiers.
- We cannot ourselves contribute to the stereotype that portrays these men as savage brutes unable to resolve their differences in a peaceful manner.
- On the other hand, we get the old chestnut of the renegade bandit who preys on travelers, except in this case, he's presented as a sadistic brute.
- Eventually, though, her Catholic aspirations to Protestant gentility and heavy-handed elocution lessons failed to soothe her brute of a husband.
- The Irish father is a brute of a colonial policeman who, when not violating his child, enjoys casually smacking her in the mouth.
- But that, in a way, is what it is to be a human being: an aesthete and yet still a savage, a moral being with a brute's appetite.
- Among the people he knows in London are Wemmick, a clerk in Jaggers' office who becomes a friend, and Bentley Drummle, a horrible brute of a boy who begins to make moves on Estella.
- These form a virtual catalogue of Europe's vision of the New World's inhabitants, who were seen in turn as noble savages or heathen brutes.
- All the stories that she had heard about Gryphon's made them out as brutes and violent beasts, but Osiris proved them wrong every day.
- He's a brute, an offense to human decency.
- Running contrary to the accepted belief that Neanderthals were nothing but savage brutes, the child - either a foetus aged seven months or a child no more than a few weeks old - had been buried in a grave.
- She was the only young girl in a tavern full of large ugly brutes.
- What about that line - every person, every single person had the potential to be a brute, a thug, a murderer - do you think that's true?
- Distraught pet owners have offered a reward to find the brute who slashed their cat with a knife and left it for dead with a 12-inch gash across its back and side.
- It was cold out there and that horse was a notorious brute.
- Traffic jitters and frustration turned nice people into bullies and brutes.
- The early humanoids traditionally characterised as ape-like brutes were deeply emotional beings with high-pitched voices.
- My fellow men were ugly brutes, caring only for their immediate needs and base cravings.
- Watching these distinguished gentlemen operate, we feel certain that the old stereotypes of Italian-American men as Mafiosi, brutes, sexual predators, or idiots are behind us.
- ‘You were not made to live like brutes,’ Levi quotes, ‘but to follow virtue and knowledge.’
- If the people are not violent brutes then they are passive victims.
2(animal)bestia feminine informal
- Some observers hypothesize that she had been indoctrinated to believe the malicious stereotype of the Ursidae as awkward, clumsy, ill-mannered brutes.
- The landing was home to a pair of scabrous aging brutes, a wolf dog (I suspect) and a forlorn Great Dane.
- At one time a pack of them made an attack on Mr. Paschal's dog when tied within ten feet of the cabin, and but for prompt interference the canine would have furnished a supper for the hungry brutes.
- What I remember is that the film starred Will Fyffe, whose big black dog was rather an unreliable brute that was suspected of sheep worrying.
3(sth difficult)it's a brute to open — da mucho trabajo abrirlo
1brute force — fuerza bruta feminine
- they used brute force to get him out of the car — lo sacaron del coche por la fuerza
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