bear the brunt of

bear the brunt of

Meaning | Synonyms

  • to be bearing the main force that came from a blow
  • to absorb the attack
  • take the main force, often of a criticism or unpleasant event

Example Sentences

  1. The family has borne the brunt of his misdeed for a very long time. I think they should be excused now.
  2. I will not bear the brunt of what you did wrong at the ceremony. This wedding is very important to me.
  3. The caretaker had to bear the brunt of the house falling down. But honestly there was nothing that he could have done.
  4. She bears the brunt of him not attending any family events.
  5. The kids should not have to bear the brunt of what the parents did. Let’s look at them individually for this analysis.
  6. The company had to bear the brunt of the mistake that their employee made.
  7. Aunt Lisa had to bear the brunt of the racial attack that my uncle made. She paid quite heavily for it.
  8. When the teachers and other government employees went on a strike, they did not realize they’d have to bear the brunt of public anger when they go back to work.
  9. The guy was innocent but he had to bear the brunt of hiring such a bad lawyer.


The word ‘brunt’ meant a sharp blow in the 14th century. It is speculated to have evolved but cannot be certain from where that was from.

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Thanks for helping me, extremely qualitative sentence and easily understandable.

- Satyadev Raj October 27, 2018

Think it should be bearing the brunt not burnt. Typo correct it.

- Surya October 4, 2015

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