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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cruellyadverb


    "a cruelly bitter winter"

  2. cruellyadverb

    with cruelty

    "he treated his students cruelly"


  1. cruellyadverb

    In a cruel manner.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cruellyadverb

    In a cruel manner; inhumanly; barbarously.

    Etymology: from cruel.

    He relies upon a broken reed, that not only basely fails, but also cruelly pierces the hand that rests upon it. Robert South, Sermon.

    Since you deny him entrance, he demands
    His wife, whom cruelly you hold in bands. John Dryden, Aurengz.


  1. cruelly

    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.


  1. cruelly

    Cruelly is an adverb that describes acting in a manner causing pain, suffering, or distress to others, often with indifference or pleasure. It implies ruthlessness, harshness, or a lack of care or consideration for the feelings or well-being of others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruellyadverb

    in a cruel manner

  2. Cruellyadverb

    extremely; very

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruelly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cruelly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of cruelly in a Sentence

  1. Will Trump:

    It was a slow and brutal death for so many, even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror.

  2. Michael J. Fox:

    One's dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.

  3. Charles Cooley:

    One who shows signs of mental aberration is, inevitably, perhaps, but cruelly, shut off from familiar, thoughtless intercourse, partly excommunicated; his isolation is unwittingly proclaimed to him on every countenance by curiosity, indifference, aversion, or pity, and in so far as he is human enough to need free and equal communication and feel the lack of it, he suffers pain and loss of a kind and degree which others can only faintly imagine, and for the most part ignore.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    Another promise cruelly broken by President Trump, this one with heartbreaking consequences for brave young DREAMers across the nation, instead of honoring the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative, President Trump has unleashed an indiscriminate deportation dragnet of appalling inhumanity.

  5. State John Kerry:

    The United States is praying and grieving with you for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us, including Americans, and for the many who were injured in these despicable attacks, the United States stands firmly with Belgium and with the nations of Europe in the face of this tragedy.

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