Brunt (?), n. [OE. brunt, bront, fr. Icel. bruna to rush; cf. Icel. brenna to burn. Cf. Burn, v. t.]
The heat, or utmost violence, of an onset; the strength or greatest fury of any contention; as, the brunt of a battle.
The force of a blow; shock; collision.
"And heavy brunt
of cannon ball."
It is instantly and irrecoverably scattered by our first brunt with some real affair of common life.
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