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Meaning of CRUEL

Pronunciation:  'krooul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous climate"; "unkind winters"
  2. [adj]  lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy
  3. [adj]  (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"
  4. [adj]  (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain; "brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war"

CRUEL is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: barbarous, brutal, fell, hard, harsh, heartless, inhumane, rigorous, roughshod, savage, unkind, vicious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), n.
    See {Crewel}.
  2. \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), a. [F. cruel, fr. L. crudelis,
    fr. crudus. See {Crude}.]
    1. Disposed to give pain to others; willing or pleased to
       hurt, torment, or afflict; destitute of sympathetic
       kindness and pity; savage; inhuman; hard-hearted;
             Behold a people cometh from the north country; . . .
             they are cruel and have no mercy.     --Jer. vi.
    2. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.
             Cruel wars, wasting the earth.        --Milton.
             Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their
             wrath for it was cruel.               --Gen. xlix.
    3. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
             You have seen cruel proof of this man's strength.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you or someone is being cruel means the release of pent-up hostility and anger. You may need to acknowledge the shadow and negative aspects of your personality. Dreaming that someone is being cruel to you, suggests that you need to develop your inner and outer strengths and become more emotionally strong.
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