adjective \ˈkrü(-ə)l\

—used to describe people who hurt others and do not feel sorry about it

: causing or helping to cause suffering : terrible and unfair

cru·el·er or cru·el·lercru·el·est or cru·el·lest

Full Definition of CRUEL

:  disposed to inflict pain or suffering :  devoid of humane feelings <a cruel tyrant>
a :  causing or conducive to injury, grief, or pain <a cruel joke>
b :  unrelieved by leniency <cruel punishment>
cru·el·ly \ˈkrü-(ə-)lē\ adverb
cru·el·ness noun

Examples of CRUEL

  1. a cruel twist of fate
  2. Hunger is a cruel fact of nature.

Origin of CRUEL

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin crudelis, from crudus
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with CRUEL


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