cruel


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

cru·el

 (kro͞o′əl)
adj. cru·el·er, cru·el·est or cru·el·ler or cru·el·lest
1. Disposed to inflict pain or suffering: a cruel tyrant.
2. Causing or characterized by severe pain, suffering, or distress: cruel treatment; a cruel remark.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis; see kreuə- in Indo-European roots.]

cru′el·ly adv.
cru′el·ness n.

cruel

(ˈkruːəl)
adj
1. causing or inflicting pain without pity: a cruel teacher.
2. causing pain or suffering: a cruel accident.
[C13: from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis, from crūdus raw, bloody]
ˈcruelly adv
ˈcruelness n

cru•el

(ˈkru əl)

adj. -er, -est.
1. willfully causing pain or distress to others.
2. enjoying the pain or distress of others.
3. causing or marked by great pain or distress.
4. unrelentingly severe; merciless; brutal.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin crūdēlis=crūd(us) (see crude) + -ēlis adj. suffix]
cru′el•ly, adv.
cru′el•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cruel - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or sufferingcruel - (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"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"

cruel

adjective
2. bitter, severe, painful, ruthless, traumatic, grievous, unrelenting, merciless, pitiless Fate dealt him a cruel blow.
Quotations
"I must be cruel, only to be kind" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]

cruel

adjective
1. Showing or suggesting a disposition to be violently destructive without scruple or restraint:
2. So intense as to cause extreme suffering:
Translations
أليم ، قاسِقاسٍقاسي القَلب، عَديم الرّحْـمَـه
жесток
krutýsurovýukrutný
ondforfærdeliggrusom
julma
nirdayi
nečovječanokrutan
kegyetlen
kejam
miskunnarlaus; grimmuròjáningarfullur
残酷な
잔혹한
crudelis
negailestingasskaudusskaudžiai
cietsirdīgsnežēlīgssāpīgssmags
crud
krutokruten
grym
dhalimu
โหดร้าย
zalimacı verenacımasızçekilmez
tàn nhẫn

cruel

[ˈkrʊəl] ADJ (crueller (compar) (cruellest (superl))) → cruel
they were very cruel to herfueron muy crueles con ella
it's a cruel factes un hecho brutal
you have to be cruel to be kindquien bien te quiere te hará llorar

cruel

[ˈkruːəl] adj
[person] → cruel(le); [treatment] → cruel(le); [joke, hoax] → cruel(le)
to be cruel to sb [person] → être cruel(le) envers qn
[life, world, reality, fact] → cruel(le)
a cruel irony → une ironie cruelle
a cruel blow → un coup très dur
a cruel twist of fate → un cruel caprice du sort
you have to be cruel to be kind → qui aime bien châtie bien

cruel

adjgrausam (to zu); remark, wit, critic, winter alsounbarmherzig; to be cruel to animalsein Tierquäler sein; to be cruel to one’s dogseinen Hund quälen; that is cruel to animalsdas ist Tierquälerei; don’t be cruel!sei nicht so gemein!; sometimes you have to be cruel to be kindmanchmal ist es letzten Endes besser, wenn man hart ist

cruel

[ˈkrʊəl] adj (-ler (comp) (-lest (superl))) cruel (to or towards)crudele (con or nei confronti di)

cruel

(ˈkruːəl) adjective
1. pleased at causing pain; merciless. He was cruel to his dog.
2. causing distress. a cruel disappointment.
ˈcruelly adverb
ˈcruelty noun

cruel

قاسٍ krutý ond grausam σκληρός cruel julma cruel okrutan crudele 残酷な 잔혹한 wreed grusom okrutny cruel жестокий grym โหดร้าย zalim tàn nhẫn 残忍的

cruel

a. cruel, inhumano-a.

cruel

adj cruel
References in classic literature ?
With wonderful presence of mind, Don Pedro, the cruel sire, rushed in, dragged out his daughter, with a hasty aside.
Suddenly the jaguar, attracted either by some slight movement on the part of Ned or Tom, or perhaps by having winded them, turned his head quickly and gazed with cruel eyes straight at the spot where the two young men stood behind the bushes.
Now, would you have thought that man had such a cruel heart?
Pontellier, you are cruel," he said, with feeling, closing his eyes and resting his head back in his chair.
Surely, Duncan, those cruel murders, those terrific scenes of torture, of which we read and hear so much, are never acted in the presence of such as he
What thanks, what ardent and ceaseless thanks are due to that all-superintending Providence which has turned a cruel war into peace, brought order out of confusion, made the fierce savages placid, and turned away their hostile weapons from our country
When you spoke to me the day you left, you must have thought me hard and cruel.
There are few uglier traits of human nature than this tendency -- which I now witnessed in men no worse than their neighbours -- to grow cruel, merely because they possessed the power of inflicting harm.
I would not have it imagined, however, that he was one of those cruel potentates of the school who joy in the smart of their subjects; on the contrary, he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity; taking the burden off the backs of the weak, and laying it on those of the strong.
He never used to swear, though, at his men, they said; but somehow he got an inordinate quantity of cruel, unmitigated hard work out of them.
Only wait a bit, old chap, and I'll give ye a sling for that wounded arm, cried cruel Flask, pointing to the whale-line near him.
She told me the better I behaved the better I should be treated, and that it was wisest always to do my best to please my master; "but," said she, "there are a great many kinds of men; there are good thoughtful men like our master, that any horse may be proud to serve; and there are bad, cruel men, who never ought to have a horse or dog to call their own.