Definitions of cruel

  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 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
  3. lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. See Crewel. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Disposed to inflict pain; void of pity; severe. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Disposed to inflict suffering; pitiless; unreasonably severe; harsh; distressing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

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Usage examples for cruel

  1. " No, indeed; it would only worry her, and be so cruel – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  2. How could you be so cruel Howard? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill