The word "brutal" man some consider a compliment, others - almost an insult.
It all depends on what is invested in the concept of "masculinity" one who uses the word.
Brutal sense both positive and negative, are usually called men. To name a woman so no one comes to mind, except in the sense of "butch".
What is meant by the word
"Awarding" a man in a similar epithet,emphasize its exaggerated "masculine" appearance or character. The range of values at the same time can be quite broad. On the one hand, is the opposite of "glamor boy", his exaggerated tidiness and refinement similar to a woman. In contrast to this image, so characteristic of our time, a brutal man - a true "male." It is not very concerned about their appearance and do not always mince words, and considering that, and another female "privilege", but has a strong and resolute character.
But there is this word and another shade of meaning,drawing is not so attractive image. Most dictionaries this word is interpreted as "rough", "rough" and even "fierce." It is noteworthy that in the dictionaries of the Russian language, it appeared only after 1990.
The origin of the word "brutal"
The word "brutal" can causeassociation with the two words. Firstly, Gross - weight of the goods, taking into account packaging, secondly, Brutus - Roman historical figure, known for his participation in the murder of Julius Caesar. The etymological relationship there really is.
In the Russian language the word comes from the French,possibly through the English language. In French, it has the same meaning as acquired in Russian - in a negative sense: "rude," "bestial." It takes place from the word brut, which means "raw" (it is linked to the concept of "gross weight"), as applied to human beings - "uncouth".
For the French language is a wordLatin borrowing. In Latin adjective brutus meant "foolish" or "meaningless", and the noun brutum - «irrational animal." It's hard to say why this word was kognomenom one of the branches of the Yuniev, but compliment it was not just in ancient Rome. There is even a suggestion that in his dying exclamation Julius Caesar turned to the murderer by name, and cursed him. In this case, the last emperor's words can be translated as: "And you, you beast"
Thus, a man called brutal - it means to hint at its similarity to animals, untouched by civilization. Consider whether this is a compliment - everyone decides for himself.