1. very bad or tough, violent
brutal attack, brutally honest
The adjective brutal describes something extremely violent, direct or harsh. You might describe a violent attack as a 'brutal attack' or say someone was 'brutally honest' if they were honest in a direct way that hurt peoples feelings or caused people to become upset. A 'brutal review' of something might be a review which honestly and directly points out many flaws in something. In Irish slang, something described as 'brutal' means it was bad or terrible.