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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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. Sari Bashi:

    The death penalty is an inherently cruel and irreversible punishment in all circumstances, it's particularly egregious to execute defendants sentenced in Gaza, whose court system is rife with coercion, torture and compromised procedures.

  2. Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh:

    It is every parents nightmare to lose a child. Its been a heavy and black night in Malmo, weve been in this situation before with similar events. This is what the police have warned about, namely an escalation of cruel and reckless violence in Malmo.

  3. Elizabeth Warren:

    Separating kids is unacceptable – but indefinite imprisonment of families is still cruel inhumane.

  4. Robert Dunham:

    Lest there be any doubt, we hold that our state constitutions prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, article I, section 17,5 does not require a unanimous jury recommendation or any jury recommendation before a death sentence can be imposed, the court said. That ruling has placed the fate of those death row inmates navigating the resentencing process into the realm of uncertainty. There is a growing fear among experts that some of those death row inmates will have their death penalties reinstated. An execution chamber used in Florida. (Florida Department of Corrections) The question here now is going to be, What about the people that have already been told they are entitled to a resentencing hearing? can you take that away from them? Can you retroactively pull the rug out and reinsert the death penalty? Brunvand toldFox News that a motion has already been filed to reinstate the death penalty for his client. He thinks thats an injustice. I cannot imagine having been sentenced to death, having received word from the Supreme Court that the scheme is unconstitutional and youre going to get a new trial, to have lawyers start preparing for trial and then all of the sudden face the prospect that Oh, we might just send you back to death row. I cant imagine.

  5. 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.

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