[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.
- Cruel to be kind
To be “cruel to be kind” is to cause someone pain for his or her own good. The phrase is used by Hamlet after he has berated his mother for her infidelity to the memory of her deceased husband.
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[kroo-it] /ˈkru ɪt/ noun 1. a glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc., for the table. /ˈkruːɪt/ noun 1. a small container for holding pepper, salt, vinegar, oil, etc, at table 2. a set of such containers, esp on a stand 3. (Christianity) either of a pair of small containers for the wine […]