Definition of cruel
- a cruel tyrant
- has a cruel heart
- a cruel joke
- a cruel twist of fate
- cruel punishment
a cruel twist of fate
Hunger is a cruel fact of nature.
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—used to describe people who hurt others and do not feel sorry about it
: causing or helping to cause suffering : terrible and unfair
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