What does cruel mean?

Definitions for cruel
ˈkru əlcru·el

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cruel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

    "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

Wiktionary

  1. cruelverb

    To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)

  2. crueladjective

    Not nice; mean; heartless.

    The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.

  3. crueladjective

    Cool; awesome; neat.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRUELadjective

    Etymology: cruel, French; crudelis, Latin.

    If wolves had at thy gate howl’d that stern time,
    Thou should’st have said, Go, porter, turn the key;
    All cruel’s else subscrib’d. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    If thou art that cruel god, whose eyes
    Delight in blood, and human sacrifice. John Dryden, Ind. Emp.

    Consider mine enemies; for they are many, and they hate me with cruel hatred. Ps. xxv. 19.

    We beheld one of the cruelest fights between two knights, that ever hath adorned the most martial story. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

Wikipedia

  1. Cruel

    Cruelty is the pleasure in inflicting suffering or inaction towards another's suffering when a clear remedy is readily available. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept. Cruel ways of inflicting suffering may involve violence, but affirmative violence is not necessary for an act to be cruel. For example, if a person is drowning and begging for help and another person is able to help with no cost or risk, but is merely watching with disinterest or perhaps mischievous amusement, that person is being cruel—rather than violent. George Eliot stated that "cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside itself; it only requires opportunity." Bertrand Russell stated that "the infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell." Gilbert K. Chesterton stated that "cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty."The word has metaphorical uses, for example, "The cliffs remained cruel." (i.e., unclimbable when they desperately needed to be climbed) in The Lord of the Rings.

ChatGPT

  1. cruel

    Cruel refers to behavior or actions that show a lack of empathy, compassion, or kindness towards others, resulting in intentional or unnecessary harm, suffering, or mistreatment inflicted upon them.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruelnoun

    see Crewel

  2. Crueladjective

    disposed to give pain to others; willing or pleased to hurt, torment, or afflict; destitute of sympathetic kindness and pity; savage; inhuman; hard-hearted; merciless

  3. Crueladjective

    causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery

  4. Crueladjective

    attended with cruetly; painful; harsh

  5. Etymology: [F. cruel, fr. L. crudelis, fr. crudus. See Crude.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cruel

    krōō′el, adj. disposed to inflict pain, or pleased at suffering: void of pity, merciless, savage: severe.—adj. Cru′el-heart′ed, delighting in cruelty: hard-hearted: unrelenting.—adv. Cru′elly.—ns. Cru′elness (obs.); Cru′elty. [Fr. cruel—L. crudelis.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CRUEL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cruel is ranked #61899 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cruel surname appeared 324 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cruel.

    64.2% or 208 total occurrences were Black.
    22.2% or 72 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    5.8% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.
    5.2% or 17 total occurrences were White.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cruel' in Adjectives Frequency: #780

Anagrams for cruel »

  1. ulcer

  2. lucre

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruel in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cruel in a Sentence

  1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

    Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.

  2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott:

    It's a sign that decent people in Indonesia appreciate the anger that Australians feel at these cruel and unnecessary deaths and it's a sign that in time the good and strong friendship between Australia and Indonesia can be resumed.

  3. William Henry:

    I still believe the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment.

  4. Lisa Kleypas:

    Sometimes life has a cruel sense of humor, giving you the thing you always wanted at the worst time possible.

  5. Nancy Northup:

    It's unconscionable that the Fifth Circuit stayed such a well-reasoned decision that allowed constitutionally protected services to return in Texas, patients are being thrown back into a state of chaos and fear, and this cruel law is falling hardest on those who already face discriminatory obstacles in health care, especially Black Indigenous, and other people of color, undocumented immigrants, young people, those struggling to make ends meet, and those in rural areas.

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