Cruel Definition

kro͝oəl
cruelest, cruellest, crueler
adjective
cruelest, cruellest, crueler
Deliberately seeking to inflict pain and suffering; enjoying others' suffering; without mercy or pity.
Webster's New World
Causing, or of a kind to cause, pain, distress, etc.
Webster's New World
The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
Wiktionary

(slang) Cool; awesome; neat.

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verb

To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)

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Other Word Forms of Cruel

Adjective

Base Form:
cruel
Comparative:
crueler
Superlative:
cruelest

Origin of Cruel

  • Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis (“hard, severe, cruel”), akin to crūdus (“raw, crude”); see crude.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin crūdēlis kreuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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