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"
  2. ( of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; " brutal instruments of torture"; " cruel weapons of war"
  3. ( of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering; " brutal weather"; " northern winters can be cruel"; " a cruel world"; " a harsh climate"; " a rigorous climate"; " unkind winters"
  4. lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy
  5. used of circumstances ( especially weather) that cause suffering; " brutal weather"; " northern winters can be cruel"; " a cruel world"; " a harsh climate"; " a rigorous climate"; " unkind winters"
  6. See Crewel.
  7. 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.
  8. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.
  9. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
  10. Disposed to give pain to others; merciless; hard- hearted; fierce; painful; unrelenting.
  11. Disposed to inflict pain, or pleased at suffering: void of pity, merciless, savage.
  12. Disposed to inflict pain; void of pity; severe.
  13. Disposed to inflict suffering; pitiless; unreasonably severe; harsh; distressing.
  14. Disposed to give pain to others; unfeeling; hard- hearted; proceeding from cruelty; causing pain.
  15. Inclined to inflict pain or sufferings on others; barbarous; inhuman; extremely unkind; hard- hearted; merciless.

Usage examples for cruel

  1. " No, indeed; it would only worry her, and be so cruel. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  2. " Your words are cruel, my lady. – The White Knight: Tirant lo Blanc by Joanot Martorell and Marti Johan d'Galba
  3. Into what have ye grown, and how cruel the change that has come upon you! – La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages by Jules Michelet
  4. The whole world's cruel. – The Emigrant Trail by Geraldine Bonner
  5. You have been very cruel, Silencieux. – The Worshipper of the Image by Richard Le Gallienne
  6. Crude like Nature, cruel like Truth! – Honor: A Play in Four Acts by Hermann Sudermann
  7. " That's cruel, Phyllis," James said, " and you know it is." – The Venus Trap by Evelyn E. Smith
  8. It was, on the whole, rather a cruel thing to ask, I am afraid. – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  9. " It was cruel," said Frank. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  10. Was he cruel to you, Mag? – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  11. And when no one spoke: Oh, don't you see how cruel it is? – The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  12. Good women could be most cruel. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  13. Head- nurse said so; and if cruel Uncle Kumran is to get me, Dearest- Lady won't come back. – The Adventures of Akbar by Flora Annie Steel
  14. You do not think that I am cruel? – The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope
  15. Do you suppose me cruel enough to separate you from your grandmother? – 'Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes
  16. It made him cruel." – The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters by George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie
  17. How could you be so cruel, Howard? – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  18. Nay, how can you be so cruel? – Roderick Hudson by Henry James
  19. " I have started th' war," Antonio replied, a cruel smile playing over his sharp face. – Hopalong Cassidy by Clarence E. Mulford
  20. Giatron's a very cruel man, Mr. Bundercombe. – An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim