Cruel

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Adjective

Cruel (comparative crueler or crueller, superlative cruelest or cruellest)

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

Verb

Cruel (third-person singular simple present cruels, present participle cruelling, simple past and past participle cruelled)

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

Synonyms for Cruel

brutal, sadistic, vicious, barbarous, merciless, ferocious, savage, inhuman, pitiless, cold-blooded, harsh.

Antonyms for Cruel

merciful, kind, considerate, feeling, gentle, compassionate, charitable.

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Draconian, Tartarean, acute, afflictive, agonizing, animal, anthropophagous, atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, beastly, bestial, biting, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bowelless, brutal, brutalized, brute, brutish, callous, cannibalistic, cold-blooded, cramping, cruel-hearted, cruise, cutthroat, demoniac, demoniacal, devilish, diabolic, diabolical, distressing, dog-eat-dog, excruciating, fare, fell, feral, ferocious, fiendish, fiendlike, fierce, flinty, gnawing, go, gory, grave, grim, griping, hard, harrowing, harsh, heartless, heinous, hellish, hie, homicidal, hurtful, hurting, implacable, inclement, inexorable, infernal, inhuman, inhumane, journey, merciless, monstrous, murderous, outrageous, painful, paroxysmal, pass, piercing, pitiless, poignant, proceed, pungent, push on, racking, red-handed, relentless, remorseless, repair, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary, sanguineous, satanic, savage, self-destructive, severe, sharkish, sharp, shooting, slaughterous, slavering, spasmatic, spasmic, spasmodic, stabbing, stinging, subhuman, suicidal, tormenting, torturous, travel, truculent, unchristian, uncivilized, uncompassionate, uncompassioned, unfeeling, unforgiving, unhuman, unkind, unmerciful, unpitiful, unpitying, unremorseful, unsparing, unsympathetic, unsympathizing, unyielding, vicious, wend, without mercy, wolfish

Etymology

Middle English < Old French < Latin crūdēlis (hard, severe, cruel), akin to crūdus (raw, crude); see crude.

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Cruel m. (f. cruelle, m. plural Cruels, f. plural cruelles)

  1. cruel
  2. hard, painful

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Cruel

  1. cruel

Spanish

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  1. cruel

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