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  1. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; "brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. See Crewel. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Disposed to give pain to others; merciless; hard-hearted; fierce; painful; unrelenting. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Cruelly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Disposed to inflict pain, or pleased at suffering: void of pity, merciless, savage. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. Disposed to inflict pain; void of pity; severe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. Disposed to inflict suffering; pitiless; unreasonably severe; harsh; distressing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Disposed to give pain to others; unfeeling; hard-hearted; proceeding from cruelty; causing pain. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. Inclined to inflict pain or sufferings on others; barbarous; inhuman; extremely unkind; hard-hearted; merciless. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. kr[=oo]'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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Indifferent to, delighting in, another\'s pain; (of actions) showing such indifference or pleasure; painful, distressing. Hence or cogn. cruelly adv., cruelty n. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  19. Pleased with hurting others, inhuman, hardhearted, barbarous; of things, bloody, mischievous, destructive. Complete Dictionary

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