[kroo-uh l] /ˈkru əl/

adjective, crueler, cruelest.
willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others.
enjoying the pain or distress of others:
the cruel spectators of the gladiatorial contests.
causing or marked by great pain or distress:
a cruel remark; a cruel affliction.
rigid; stern; strict; unrelentingly severe.
causing or inflicting pain without pity: a cruel teacher
causing pain or suffering: a cruel accident

early 13c., from Old French cruel (12c.), earlier crudel, from Latin crudelis “rude, unfeeling; cruel, hard-hearted,” related to crudus “rough, raw, bloody” (see crude). Related: Cruelly.


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