cru·el /ˈkru(ə) l/
Cru·el n. See Crewel.
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; merciless.
Behold a people cometh from the north country; . . . they are cruel and have no mercy. --Jer. vi. 22,23.
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. 7.
3. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
You have seen cruel proof of this man's strength. --Shak.
adj 1: lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy [syn: unkind]
2: (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" [syn: barbarous,
brutal, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious]
3: (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain;
"brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war"
4: used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause
suffering; "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be
cruel"; "a cruel world"; "a harsh climate"; "a rigorous
climate"; "unkind winters" [syn: brutal, harsh, rigorous,