adjective, cru·el·er, cru·el·est.
- cruel and unusual punishment,
- cruel to be kind,
Origin of cruel
Examples from the Web for cruelest
Like, the most vicious, cruelest, most amazingly crafted insults ever.Veep’s Jonah Is TV’s Most Insufferable Character (But We Love Him)|Kevin Fallon|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The cruelest thing you can do to a horse is keep it alone,” he says.
Al-Suri had been held for seven years in some of the cruelest prisons in the world: the Pakistanis', the CIA's and the Syrians'.
Ismayilova prefers to characterize what she does as “reporting the truths about the cruelest regimes.”Portraits Of Courage: Female Journalists Honored At International Women’s Media Foundation Awards|Katie Baker|October 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Now a senseless massacre makes it the cruelest of clichés: the quiet town struck by tragedy.Aurora, Colorado: Small Town Shaken by ‘Dark Knight’ Shooting|Kevin Fallon|July 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If Santiago had been taken in our absence, it would be the cruelest blow that fortune had ever dealt us!Campaigning in Cuba|George Kennan
The cruelest revenge of all, I think, is scorn of revenge when it is in our power to take it.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
You picked the cruelest adjectives you knew and sent it forth, without a pang to do its ruthless work.The Greatest Thing In the World and Other Addresses|Henry Drummond
My father's laughter seemed the cruelest thing I had ever heard.Geoffrey Hampstead|Thomas Stinson Jarvis
The most religious nations have been the most immoral, the cruelest and the most unjust.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
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.