Cruel meaning

kro͝oəl
The definition of cruel is someone or something that deliberately causes pain or suffering.

An example of cruel is Hurricane Katrina.

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The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.

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Deliberately seeking to inflict pain and suffering; enjoying others' suffering; without mercy or pity.
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Causing, or of a kind to cause, pain, distress, etc.
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Disposed to inflict pain or suffering.

A cruel tyrant.

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Causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or distress.

Cruel treatment; a cruel remark.

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(slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
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To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
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Origin of cruel

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

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

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

    From Wiktionary