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cruel Explained

cruel at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:

['kru:əl]

cruel at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

c.1225, from O.Fr. cruel, earlier crudel, from L. crudelem "unfeeling, cruel," related to crudus "rough, raw, bloody." ///

cruel at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

S3 adj [Date: 1200-1300; Language: Old French; Origin: Latin crudelis, from crudus; CRUDE1]//
1 making someone suffer or feel unhappy: --His death was a cruel blow .// --Sometimes life seems unbearably cruel.//
2 deliberately hurting people or animals: → kind// --The prisoner was a hard, cruel man.// --cruel jokes about mothers-in-law// --It was a cruel, tactless thing to say.// cruel to// --She was often cruel to her sister.//
3 be cruel to be kind: to do something to someone that will make them upset or unhappy in order to help them in another way// -- cruelly adv // --He was cruelly neglected by his parents.//

cruel at French => English Of Explained:

cruel

cruel at Spanish => English Of Explained:

cruel, ruthless

cruel at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

129 Moby Thesaurus words for "cruel":
Draconian, Tartarean, acute, afflictive, agonizing, animal,
anthropophagous, atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, beastly, bestial,
biting, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bowelless, brutal,
brutalized, brute, brutish, callous, cannibalistic, cold-blooded,
cramping, cruel-hearted, cruise, cutthroat, demoniac, demoniacal,
devilish, diabolic, diabolical, distressing, dog-eat-dog,
excruciating, fare, fell, feral, ferocious, fiendish, fiendlike,
fierce, flinty, gnawing, go, gory, grave, grim, griping, hard,
harrowing, harsh, heartless, heinous, hellish, hie, homicidal,
hurtful, hurting, implacable, inclement, inexorable, infernal,
inhuman, inhumane, journey, merciless, monstrous, murderous,
outrageous, painful, paroxysmal, pass, piercing, pitiless,
poignant, proceed, pungent, push on, racking, red-handed,
relentless, remorseless, repair, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary,
sanguineous, satanic, savage, self-destructive, severe, sharkish,
sharp, shooting, slaughterous, slavering, spasmatic, spasmic,
spasmodic, stabbing, stinging, subhuman, suicidal, tormenting,
torturous, travel, truculent, unchristian, uncivilized,
uncompassionate, uncompassioned, unfeeling, unforgiving, unhuman,
unkind, unmerciful, unpitiful, unpitying, unremorseful, unsparing,
unsympathetic, unsympathizing, unyielding, vicious, wend,
without mercy, wolfish

cruel at French => English Of Explained:

foreboding, forebodi

cruel at Portuguese => English Of Explained:

barbaric
fierce
cruel
bitchy, shrewish

cruel at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

adjective (crueller, cruellest)
1 (to sb/sth) having a desire to cause pain and suffering:
a cruel dictator * I can't stand people who are cruel to animals. * Her eyes were cruel and hard. * Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind (= make sb suffer because it will be good for them later).
2 causing pain or suffering:
a cruel punishment / joke * Her father's death was a cruel blow.
cruelly adverb:
The dog had been cruelly treated. * I was cruelly deceived.

Cruel at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Cruel \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), a. [F. cruel, fr. L. crudelis,
fr. crudus. See {Crude}.]
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.

Cruel \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), n.
See {Crewel}.

cruel at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

cruel
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},
{unkind}]

cruel at English (WD) Of Explained:

==English==

Etymology

Inter: etyl » enm, from Inter: etyl » fro, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|hard, severe, cruel|lang=la, akin to Inter: term » crudus|crūdus|raw, crude|lang=la; see crude.

Pronunciation

* Inter: a » RP Inter: enPR » kro͞oəl, Inter: IPA » /kɹuːəl/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /kr\u:@l/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-cruel.ogg|Audio (US/UK)
  • Inter: rhymes » ʊəl

    Adjective

    Inter: en-adj » crueler or crueller|cruelest or cruellest

  • Not nice; mean; heartless.
    1. : The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
    2. Inter: slan » g Cool; awesome; neat.

      Synonyms

      * brutal

  • sadistic
  • vicious

    Antonyms

    * merciful

    Derived terms

    * cruelly

    Related terms

    * crude
  • crudeness
  • cruelty

    Translations

    Inter: trans-top » not nice; mean; heartless
  • Afrikaans: Inter: t- » af|wreedaardig
  • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|mizor
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|قاسي|tr=qaasiy
  • Armenian: Inter: t+ » hy|դաժան|tr=dažan, Inter: t- » hy|անգութ|tr=angut’
  • Asturian: Inter: t- » ast|cruel
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|жорсткі|tr=žórstki|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|жесток|tr=žestók
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|cruel
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|殘忍|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|残忍|tr=cánrěn|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|殘酷|sc=Hani, Inter: t- » cmn|残酷|tr=cánkù|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|krutý|m
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|grusom
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|wreed, Inter: t+ » nl|wrede, Inter: t+ » nl|gemeen, Inter: t+ » nl|gemene
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|kruela
  • Estonian: Inter: t- » et|julm
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|grimmur
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|julma
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|cruel
  • Galician: Inter: t+ » gl|cruel
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|სასტიკი|tr=sastiki|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|grausam
  • Greek: Inter: t+ » el|σκληρός|tr=sklērós
  • Hebrew: Inter: t+ » he|אכזרי|m|alt=אַכְזָרִי|tr=akhzary, Inter: t- » he|אכזרית|f|tr=akhzaryt
  • Hindi: Inter: t- » hi|निर्दयी|tr=nirdayī|sc=Deva, Inter: t- » hi|ज़ालिम|tr=zālim|sc=Deva
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|kegyetlen
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|grimmur|m, Inter: t+ » is|vondur|m
  • Indonesian: Inter: t+ » id|kejam
  • Interlingua: Inter: t- » ia|cruel
  • Irish: Inter: t- » ga|cruálach
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|crudele
  • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|残酷|tr=ざんこく, zankoku, Inter: t- » ja|酷い|tr=ひどい, hidoi, Inter: t- » ja|惨い|tr=むごい, mugoi
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|잔인|tr=janin-han|alt=잔인한|sc=Kore
  • Kurdish: Inter: t+ » ku|zalim, Inter: t+ » ku|bêrehm
  • Latin: Inter: t- » la|crudelis

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|nežēlīgs
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t- » lt|žiaurus, Inter: t- » lt|negailestingas
    • Malay: Inter: t- » ms|kejam
    • Mongolian: Inter: t- » mn|хэрцгий|tr=hėrcgij|sc=Cyrl
    • Neapolitan: Inter: tø » nap|malo
    • Norwegian: Inter: t- » no|grusom
    • Papiamentu: Inter: tø » pap|kruel
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|ظالم|tr=zâlem|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|okrutny
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|cruel
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|crud, Inter: t- » ro|crunt, Inter: t- » ro|cumplit
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|жестокий|tr=žestókij
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|borb, Inter: t- » gd|garg, Inter: t- » gd|cruadalach, Inter: t- » gd|neo-iochdmhor, Inter: t- » gd|neo-thruacanta, Inter: t- » gd|mì-chneasta
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: Inter: t- » sh|нечовјечан|alt=не̏човјечан Inter: qualifier » Ijekavian, Inter: t- » sh|нечовечан|alt=не̏човечан Inter: qualifier » Ekavian; Inter: t- » sh|окрутан|m|alt=о̏крӯтан
    • : Roman: Inter: t- » sh|nečovječan|alt=nȅčovječan Inter: qualifier » Ijekavian, Inter: t- » sh|nečovečan|alt=nȅčovečan Inter: qualifier » Ekavian; Inter: t- » sh|okrutan|m|alt=ȍkrūtan
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|krutý
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|krut
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|cruel
    • Swahili: Inter: t- » sw|dhalimu
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|grym
    • Tagalog: Inter: t- » tl|malupit
    • Telugu: Inter: t+ » te|క్రూరమైన|tr=krooramaina
    • Thai: Inter: t- » th|โหด|tr=hòht|sc=Thai, Inter: t- » th|ทารุณ|tr=taarun|sc=Thai, Inter: t- » th|โหดร้าย|tr=hòht-ráai|sc=Thai
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|zalim
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|жорстокий|tr=žorstókyj
    • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|نردیی|tr=nirdayī|sc=ur-Arab, Inter: t- » ur|ظالم|tr=zālim|sc=ur-Arab
    • Uyghur: Inter: t- » ug|achchiq
    • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|độc ác
    • Welsh: Inter: t+ » cy|creulon
    • West Frisian: Inter: t- » fy|wreed
    • Yiddish: groysam, Inter: t- » yi|גרויזאם|tr=groyzam|sc=Hebr


    Inter: trans-botto » m

    Verb

    Inter: en-verb » cruels|cruelling|cruelled
  • To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)

    External links

    * Inter: R:Webster 191 » 3
    • Inter: R:Century 191 » 1

      Anagrams

      * lucre
    • ulcer


    Category: Category:1000 English basic words -

    Asturian

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|ast Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Adjective

    Inter: ast-adj-mf » pl=crueles
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » ast|cruel

  • Catalan

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|ca Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Adjective

    Inter: ca-adj » type=mf
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » ca|cruelment
    • Inter: l » ca|crueltat


    French

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|fr Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Pronunciation

    * Inter: audio » Fr-cruel.ogg|audio
    • Inter: IPA » /kʁy.ɛl/|lang=fr, Inter: X-SAMPA » /kRy.El/
    • Inter: homophones » cruels|cruelle|cruelles|lang=fr

      Adjective

      Inter: fr-adj » f=cruelle


  • Inter: l » en|cruel
    1. hard, painful

      Synonyms

      * féroce

  • pénible

    Derived terms

    * cruellement

    Anagrams

    * culer
  • recul

  • Galician

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|gl Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Adjective

    Inter: gl-adj » pl=crueis
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » gl|cruelment

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » gl|crueldade

  • Middle English

    Adjective

    Inter: head » enm|adjective
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

  • Portuguese

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|pt Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Adjective

    Inter: pt-adj » crue|l
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » pt|cruelmente

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » pt|crueldade

  • Spanish

    Etymology

    From Inter: etyl » la|es Inter: term » crudelis|crūdēlis|lang=la.

    Adjective

    Inter: es-adj » pl=crueles
  • Inter: l » en|cruel

    Derived terms

    * Inter: l » es|cruelmente

    Related terms

    * Inter: l » es|crueldad

  • Translation: ar » cruel
    Translation: cs » cruel
    Translation: cy » cruel
    Translation: de » cruel
    Translation: et » cruel
    Translation: el » cruel
    Translation: es » cruel
    Translation: eu » cruel
    Translation: fa » cruel
    Translation: fr » cruel
    Translation: gl » cruel
    Translation: ko » cruel
    Translation: hy » cruel
    Translation: io » cruel
    Translation: id » cruel
    Translation: it » cruel
    Translation: kn » cruel
    Translation: kk » cruel
    Translation: sw » cruel
    Translation: ku » cruel
    Translation: li » cruel
    Translation: hu » cruel
    Translation: mg » cruel
    Translation: ml » cruel
    Translation: my » cruel
    Translation: nl » cruel
    Translation: ps » cruel
    Translation: pl » cruel
    Translation: pt » cruel
    Translation: ru » cruel
    Translation: sm » cruel
    Category: simple:cruel -
    Translation: fi » cruel
    Translation: sv » cruel
    Translation: ta » cruel
    Translation: te » cruel
    Translation: th » cruel
    Translation: tr » cruel
    Translation: vi » cruel
    Translation: zh » cruel