What does the word brutal mean?

Usage examples for brutal

  1. What a fierce, brutal lot they had always been! – The Man and the Moment by Elinor Glyn
  2. No, I can't leave her here alone- that would be brutal. – The Iron Furrow by George C. Shedd
  3. It was a clear case of selfish and brutal neglect. – With Steyn and De Wet by Philip Pienaar