grinding and brutal war

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  • wandle

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    English - British
    It is grinding if it is progressing slowly but with inexorable force; it is brutal if it involves especially harsh, unrestrained violence.
     

    owlman5

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    English-US
    I associate "grinding war" with a war that has lasted longer than people thought it would last. "Grinding" implies exhaustion and loss. Just about any war is "brutal" for the people who have to endure it, but writers might choose to call a war "brutal" if they are appalled by the number of casualties or atrocities that occur during that war.

    Cross-posted with wandle.
     
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