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cruel

cru·el

cruel

 
 
pronunciation:
krul [or] kru l
part of speech: adjective
inflections: crueler, cruelest
definition 1: inclined to inflict or intentionally inflicting pain, hardship, or suffering.
a cruel dictator
synonyms:
barbarous, brutal, merciless, sadistic, savage, truculent, vicious
antonyms:
charitable, compassionate, humane, merciful
similar words:
diabolical, ferocious, fiendish, fierce, malevolent, malicious, mean, oppressive, ruthless, satanic
definition 2: unconcerned with or enjoying other people's suffering.
synonyms:
callous, cold-blooded, hardhearted, heartless, inhuman, inhumane, insensitive, merciless, pitiless, ruthless, sadistic, unfeeling
antonyms:
caring, compassionate, gracious
similar words:
bestial, brutal, fiendish
definition 3: resulting in suffering.
a cruel firea cruel hoax
synonyms:
fierce
antonyms:
harmless
similar words:
bitter, brutal, ferocious, grim, harsh, intense, savage, severe, violent
derivations: cruelly (adv.), cruelness (n.)