Definition of Cruel

1. Adjective. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering. "Vicious kicks"




Definition of Cruel

1. n. See Crewel.

2. a. 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.

Definition of Cruel

1. Adjective. Not nice; mean; heartless. ¹

2. Adjective. (slang) Cool; awesome; neat. ¹

3. Verb. To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cruel

1. indifferent to the pain of others [adj CRUELER, CRUELEST, CRUELLER, CRUELLEST] : CRUELLY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cruel

crudenesses
cruder
crudes
crudest
crudites
crudities
crudity
crudle
crudled
crudles
crudling
cruds
crudy
crue
cruel (current term)
cruel and unusual punishment
cruel plant
crueler
cruelest
cruell
cruelled
crueller
cruellest
cruellie
cruelling
cruells
cruelltie
cruellty
cruelly

Literary usage of Cruel

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1. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1839)
"But his spirit was roused at last; the cruel insult to his dead mother had set his blood on fire. His breast heaved, his attitude was erect, his eye bright ..."

2. Old Virginia and Her Neighbours by John Fiske (1897)
"The plot was detected, and Abbot and five cruel pun. other ringleaders were ... the narrator calls a " cruel and unusual" manner, using the same adjectives ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1910)
"That sanguinary laws ought to be avoided, as far as is consistent with the «? cruel and unusual pains and penalties ought « safety of the state; ..."

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