cruel definition

  • adjective:
    • Disposed to cause discomfort or suffering.
    • Causing suffering; painful.
    • Not nice; mean; heartless.
    • Cool; awesome; neat.
    • Disposed to give discomfort to other individuals; eager or happy to harm, torment, or afflict; destitute of sympathetic kindness and shame; savage; inhuman; hard-hearted; merciless.
    • Causing, or suited to cause, discomfort, grief, or distress.
    • Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
    • (of people or their activities) ready or disposed to inflict discomfort or suffering
  • verb:
    • To ruin or destroy (one's potential for success)
  • noun:
    • See crewel.
  • others:
    • Disposed to inflict suffering, physical or psychological; indifferent to or taking pleasure in the pain sensation or distress of any sentient becoming; willing or happy to torment, vex, or afflict; destitute of pity, compassion, or kindness; hard-hearted; pitiless.
    • Proceeding from or exhibiting indifference to or pleasure in suffering of other people; causing discomfort, grief, or distress; done or exerted in tormenting, vexing, or afflicting: because, a cruel act; a cruel personality; the cruel treatment of creatures.
    • Synonyms Barbarous, savage, ferocious, brutal, merciless, unmerciful, pitiless, unfeeling, dropped, ruthless, truculent, bloodthirsty, inexorable, unrelenting.
    • Very; incredibly.

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