What does cruel mean?

Definitions for cruel
ˈkru əlcru·el

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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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruelnoun

    see Crewel

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

  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

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

  3. Crueladjective

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

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

  4. Crueladjective

    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. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Anyone who is devoid of true love is undoubtedly devoid of kindness. Yes! you heard me right and mind you, anybody who is devoid of kindness is equally cruel or inhumane. I mean, he or she is abysmal (extremely bad). You can say I said so anyway. ~Emeasoba George

  2. José Rafael Cordero Sánchez:

    Article No. 3 no animal shall be subjected to mistreatment or cruel acts. This law is not being enforced and I believe it will never be enforced

  3. Theodore Wells:

    The case is almost a joke, but it's a cruel joke, your honor, because the reputations of a lot of people have been hurt and disparaged by the bringing of the complaint.

  4. Pope Francis:

    I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence.

  5. Mike Berry:

    Just when I didnt think Mikey Weinstein could stoop any lower, he pulled a stunt like that, hed rather take it away from them just to raise his own publicity than support our service members ... thats pretty cowardly and thats cruel.

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