Cruel

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Cruel Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • 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"
  • lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy
  • (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"
  • (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; "brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war"

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Cruel'


  • Cruelty: Cruel ways of inflicting suffering may involve violence , but affirmative violence is not necessary for an act to be cruel. being cruel...
  • Cruel and unusual punishment: Cruel and unusual punishment is a phrase describing punishment that is considered unacceptable due to the suffering , pain , or ...
  • Cruelty to animals: In Colombia , there is little to no control over cruel behaviors against animals, and the government has proposed that bullfighting be ...
  • Cruel (song): "Cruel" is a pop rock track by New Zealand singer Dane Rumble "Cruel" is the third solo single by Rumble, which was released as a digital ...
  • Cruel (solitaire): Cruel is a video game for Microsoft Windows based on Perseverance , a solitaire card game. Cruel was published by Microsoft in 1990 as ...
  • Cruel Intentions: Cruel Intentions is a 1999 American drama film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar , Ryan Phillippe , Reese Witherspoon , and Selma Blair . ...

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'Cruel' example sentence in quotations


* There was that law of life, so cruel and so just, that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same. - Norman Mailer

* Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword. - Robert Burton

* Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man. - Thomas Paine


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Cruel Sample Sentences in News


  • Cruel and usual punishment in jails and prisons
    The 8th Amendment bans cruel and unusual punishment. Yet it happens every day in prisons across the country. Putting aside capital punishment, which I would argue is cruel and unusual on its face, Americans are ignoring a host of horrific conditions that inmates are subjected to. This is not... Read more on this news related to 'Cruel'
  • ‘Big Brother is cruel and mean’
    EVICTED housemate Katie Schepis has labelled producers of the show “cruel” for a stunt involving her father that left her sobbing hysterically. Read more on this news related to 'Cruel'
  • 'G-Money' sparks Wood win over Ryan
    Gianni Cruel’s touchdown reception on a fake punt triggers a 47-14 win for Archbishop Wood. Read more on this news related to 'Cruel'

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