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Definition of "cruel" []

  • Disposed to inflict pain or suffering. (adjective)
  • Causing suffering; painful. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cruel" in a sentence
  • ""Mamma! what a cruel, _cruel_ wretch!" cried Walter."
  • ""Godo --" she began; and she cast herself on the lounge that Maxwell had vacated, and plunged her face in the pillow and sobbed, "Oh, cruel, cruel, _cruel_!"
  • "Whoever assigned eight A.M. for Molecular Biology 201 gave new meaning to the term cruel and unusual punishment."