adjective (crueler, cruelest ; British crueller, cruellest)
- 1Willfully causing pain or suffering to others, or feeling no concern about it: people who are cruel to animals a cruel remarkMore example sentences
brutal, savage, inhuman, barbaric, barbarous, brutish, bloodthirsty, murderous, vicious, sadistic, wicked, evil, fiendish, diabolical, monstrous, abominable; callous, ruthless, merciless, pitiless, remorseless, uncaring, heartless, stony-hearted, hard-hearted, cold-blooded, cold-hearted, unfeeling, unkind, inhumane• dated dastardly• literary fell
- After the death, staff at the home became intolerably cruel to her and made her life a living hell.
- I basically told her to get out of my life because she was being so unfair and cruel to me.
- She still felt guilty about how she had been deliberately cruel to him.
- 1.1Causing pain or suffering: the winters are long, hard, and cruelMore example sentences
- What about the people who decided which inmates were to be subjected to these cruel and inhumane conditions?
- The western community rose up to protest the cruel and inhumane punishment.
- What other hideous and cruel things could happen in such a world that she lived in?
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- I am convinced that there is no reason to treat the animals as cruelly as they are treated.
- In those two weeks the nation's hopes of producing a tennis champion will reach fever pitch, only to be cruelly dashed.
- Besides, I happen to think he was one of the most talented footballers ever to have his career cruelly cut short by injury.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin crudelis, related to crudus (see crude).