adjective, cru·el·er, cru·el·est.
- cruel and unusual punishment,
- cruel to be kind,
Origin of cruel
Examples from the Web for cruel
His later books drew heavily from experiences and people he encountered at the bar, including the cruel captain in The Sea-Wolf.
Not to those in power, not to the cruel and inhumane, not to the wealthy.
Hatuey replied that he would rather burn and be sent to hell than ever again encounter people as cruel as the Spanish.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The story of Alstory Simon has all the scope and scale, the cruel reversals, and pointless waste of proper tragedy.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vsevolod Meyerhold, the great theater director, spoke of the effect the “angry, cruel headlines” had on his friend.
It would be cruel to disturb her now with such a revelation of her own negligence.The Price of Love|Arnold Bennett
And it was not, be it remembered, the work of a capricious and cruel despot; it was the tyranny of a solemn legislative assembly.A Book of the Play|Dutton Cook
Aunt Olivia need not have dreaded any more opposition from her cruel family.Chronicles of Avonlea|Lucy Maud Montgomery
And then his gloomy, cruel disposition would reassume its influence, and he thought of revenging the attack upon his life.The Pirate|Frederick Marryat
Luckily for me, my friend, who was no less clumsy than brave, was not the man to leave me long in this cruel position.Secrets of the Sword|Csar Lecat de Bazancourt
Word Origin for cruel
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.