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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cru·el /ˈkru(ə) l/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cru·el n. See Crewel.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cru·el a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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"
         [syn: brutal]
      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,