Definition of cruel in English:


Syllabification: cru·el
Pronunciation: /ˈkro͞oəl

adjective (crueler, cruelest ; British crueller, cruellest)



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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).

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