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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. Cruelly.
  12. Disposed to inflict pain, or pleased at suffering: void of pity, merciless, savage.
  13. Disposed to inflict pain; void of pity; severe.
  14. Disposed to inflict suffering; pitiless; unreasonably severe; harsh; distressing.
  15. Disposed to give pain to others; unfeeling; hard- hearted; proceeding from cruelty; causing pain.
  16. Inclined to inflict pain or sufferings on others; barbarous; inhuman; extremely unkind; hard- hearted; merciless.
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Quotes of cruel

  1. There is something in age that ever, even in its own despite, must be venerable, must create respect and to have it ill treated, is to me worse, more cruel and wicked than anything on earth. – Frances Burney
  2. The often cruel behavior of Christians toward unbelievers and even toward dissenters among themselves is shocking evidence of the function of that image in relation to values and behavior. – Carol P. Christ
  3. I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel but I am, so that's how it comes out. – Bill Hicks
  4. I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature. – Adolf Hitler
  5. What a cruel thing war is... to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors. – Robert E. Lee
  6. It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through his regions of enchantment without having a critic, forever, like the old man of the sea, upon his back. – Marianne Moore
  7. Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case. – John Rawls
  8. Women love to be called cruel even when they are kindest. – Samuel Richardson
  9. A child's hope is that your father comes riding in on that white stallion and saves them. You can't make somebody love you the way you want them to love you, it's not a Leave it to Beaver type world. This isn't television. Life's a lot more cruel than that. – Jake Roberts
  10. In America, they are paranoid about ruining the reputations of people once they are dead and cannot answer back. They have this fascination which to me seems cruel and morbid. I do not want any part of it. – Isabella Rossellini
  11. Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel – King Solomon
  12. You have within you many strong and cruel enemies to overcome. You must know that there are still a thousand ties which you must break. No one can tell you what they are; only you can tell by looking at yourself and into your heart. – Johannes Tauler
  13. It is possible that the contemplation of cruelty will not make us humane but cruel that the reiteration of the badness of our spiritual condition will make us consent to it. – Lionel Trilling
  14. All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness. – Tennessee Williams

Usage examples for cruel

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

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