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

  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.]

British National Corpus

  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. Ghulam Rasool Shah:

    We strongly condemn the attacks on schoolchildren in Peshawar and believe that there is no religious, ethical or any other social reason for this cruel act, we stand with the Pakistan army and political leadership in this critical situation.

  2. The Dhammapada:

    If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse... If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source.

  3. Jhin, League of Legends:

    The world is cruel. It does not have to be ugly.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    I sometimes wonder that life can probably be compared best to a Rose Garden. Some writers like to do so in their efforts to romanticize life. Often as we walk through the rose garden, we become refreshed and rejuvenated by the warm, pleasant and sensuous breeze that carries captivating exquisite fragrance of beautiful roses. Life seems so remarkably wonderful at that very moment. Then on some occasions as we walk through the same rose garden, the sight of dried rose bushes with wilted flowers, dried rose petals and heaps of dead leaves all around saddens us deep inside. The cold callous currents of strong wind make us shiver, with the shocking harsh reality about the uncertainty of life. Oh, life can be so awesome and beautiful at times, and yet so cold and cruel on occasions. Such is the duality of life that reverberates and resonates in sync with the Rose Garden!

  5. Florence Nightingale:

    What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they know nothing and think they know a great deal.

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