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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bruntnoun

    main force of a blow etc

    "bore the brunt of the attack"


  1. bruntnoun

    The full adverse effects of; the chief consequences or negative results of a thing or event.

  2. bruntnoun

    The major part of; the bulk.

  3. Etymology: From brundr/brundtið or bruna.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bruntnoun

    Etymology: brunst, Dutch.

    Erona chose rather to bide the brunt of war, than venture him. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    God, who caus’d a fountain, at thy pray’r,
    From the dry ground to spring, thy thirst t’ allay
    After the brunt of battle. John Milton, Agonistes, l. 581.

    Faithful ministers are to stand and endure the brunt: a common soldier may fly, when it is the duty of him that holds the standard to die upon the place. South.

    A wicked ambush, which lay hidden long
    In the close covert of her guileful eyen,
    Thence breaking forth, did thick about me throng,
    Too feeble I t’ abide the brunt so strong. Edmund Spenser, Sonnets.

    The friendly rug preserv’d the ground,
    And headlong knight, from bruise or wound,
    Like featherbed betwixt a wall,
    An heavy brunt of cannon-ball. Hudibras.


  1. Brunt

    Brunt is a surname.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bruntverb

    the heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the strength or greatest fury of any contention; as, the brunt of a battle

  2. Bruntverb

    the force of a blow; shock; collision

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Brunt

    brunt, n. the shock of an onset or contest: the force of a blow: the chief stress or crisis of anything.—v.t. to bear the brunt of. [Ice. bruna, to advance like fire, is usually given; Dr Murray suggests that it may be an onomatopœia of Eng. itself (cf. Dunt), or connected with burnt—Scot. brunt.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. brunt

    The troops who sustain the principal shock of the enemy in action are said to bear the brunt of the battle.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BRUNT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Brunt is ranked #15651 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Brunt surname appeared 1,866 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Brunt.

    70.5% or 1,317 total occurrences were White.
    21% or 392 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 73 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.
    1.9% or 37 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.3% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brunt in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Brunt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Brunt in a Sentence

  1. Aroop Chatterjee:

    This is a different kind of dollar strength altogether ... this is quite clearly being driven by declining risk appetite, higher market volatility and lower commodity prices, in this new world emerging markets are the ones that bear the brunt of the dollar strength.

  2. Dan Crenshaw:

    Texas energy producers are bearing the brunt of President Biden's foolish, job-killing executive orders in the first days of this administration.

  3. The ANC:

    The ANC holds the view that the International Criminal Court is no longer useful for the purposes for which it was intended, countries, mainly in Africa and Eastern Europe ... continue to unjustifiably bear the brunt of the decisions of the ICC, with Sudan being the latest example.

  4. Raul Garcia:

    The brunt of this will be felt from frontline communities.

  5. Bill Costello:

    The E&P companies have taken the brunt of the pain that I think they will see in their business, so they will go into recovery faster and first.

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    personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
    • A. staff
    • B. assortment
    • C. nuisance
    • D. accident

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