Cruel

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cruel \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), noun See {Crewel}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cruel \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), adjective [F. cruel, fr. L. crudelis, fr. crudus. See {Crude}.]

1. 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.

Behold a people cometh from the north country; . . . they are cruel and have no mercy. --Jer. vi. 22,23.

2. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.

Cruel wars, wasting the earth. --Milton.

Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath for it was cruel. --Gen. xlix. 7.

3. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.

You have seen cruel proof of this man's strength. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

cruel

adjective

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" [syn: {barbarous}, {brutal}, {cruel}, {fell}, {roughshod}, {savage}, {vicious}]


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