What does cruel mean?

Definitions for cruel
ˈkru əlcru·el

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (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. cruel(Verb)

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

  2. cruel(Adjective)

    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. cruel(Adjective)

    Cool; awesome; neat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruel(noun)

    see Crewel

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

  2. Cruel(adj)

    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

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

  3. Cruel(adj)

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

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

  4. Cruel(adj)

    attended with cruetly; painful; harsh

    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.]

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  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

Anagrams for cruel »

  1. lucre

  2. ulcer

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  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. Richard Donoghue:

    He betrayed a veterinarian's pledge to prevent animal suffering when he used his surgical skills in a cruel scheme to smuggle heroin in the abdomens of puppies.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    Human beings are not condemned, because of their biological constitution, to annihilate each other or to be at the mercy of a cruel, self-inflicted fate.

  3. Serge Lecomte:

    It is cruel savagery of a kind we have rarely seen before, is it a cult? Cruelty towards animals is the precursor to cruelty towards humans.

  4. CLIFFORD VILLALON:

    Do not turn your back on those who have misjudged you for no good reasons. If you cannot love them back for being so cruel and mean, send them a note of gratitude to let them feel your expression of humility.

  5. Jk Rowling:

    Sirius: It's cruel that I got to spend so much time with James and Lily, and you so little. But know this; the ones that love us never really leave us. Dumbledore:Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. Ginny:“The thing about growing up with Fred and George [...] is that you sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve.”

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