Definición de cruel en inglés:


Saltos de línea: cruel
Pronunciación: /krʊəl

adjetivo (crueller, cruellest; US crueler, cruelest)

verbo (cruels, cruelling, cruelled)

[with object] Australian informal Volver al principio  
  • Spoil or ruin (an opportunity or a chance of success): Ernie nearly cruelled the whole thing by laughing
    [ late 19th century: perhaps influenced by the idiom queer someone's pitch (see queer)]
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    • He was a fresh, dynamic face on the political scene who travelled like a winner, before cruelling his chances with the finishing line in sight?
    • Its strategy meant that it was prepared to betray that core principle for perceived political advantage, thus cruelling the chances of some of our most vulnerable children.
    • This 30 year old is being tipped to go places - if we haven't completely cruelled her chances by giving her a name check in Crikey.


be cruel to be kind

Act towards someone in a way which seems harsh but will ultimately be of benefit to them: George did not like being firm with Lennie but he knew that he had to be cruel to be kind
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  • It is being cruel to be kind as they would only end up killing themselves or someone else’.
  • I'm just so glad he's home and I have to be cruel to be kind because I can't bear to go through that again.
  • It's a time-honoured cliché, but in this case it just happens to be true: sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.

cruel and unusual punishment

A category of excessively severe punishment banned under the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution (and originally under the English Bill of Rights): this is an important case that confronts the issue of what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment
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  • He was freed in October, after the Georgia Supreme Court ruled his sentence was cruel and unusual punishment.
  • They just don't care if someone is wrongly accused, and they could not care less about torture or cruel and unusual punishment.
  • They want to stay and control the country and its resources, even if our military is subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.



[sentence adverb]: cruelly, the winning points stemmed from the only mistake made by Morris
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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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