adjective, cru·el·er, cru·el·est.
- cruel and unusual punishment,
- cruel to be kind,
Origin of cruel
Examples from the Web for cruelly
Instead, he is cruelly jailed solely for the peaceful expression of his beliefs.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015|Movements.Org|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When she wore a black-and-white striped dress, the Internet cruelly compared her to a Killer Whale.Kim Kardashian Posts Revealing Post-Baby Instagram of Butt, Internet Goes Crazy|Marlow Stern|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The sunset was cruelly beautiful and as dusk deepened the Christmas lights on the firehouse grew grimly brighter.
Cruelly, Sandilands pressed on, asking, “Right, and is that the only sexual experience you had?”2Day FM: The Radio Station Behind the Tragic Kate Middleton Prank|Kevin Fallon|December 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Aerial bombardment, cruelly consoling as this was for Israelis at the start, has limits that quickly became all too obvious.
Thus stimulated, the increasing disaffection culminated in the rebellion of 1798, which was sternly and cruelly repressed.
My suspicions were cruelly unjust, but you have dispelled them.The Bastonnais|John Lesperance
Alas, how cruelly barbed and how skilfully directed—how fatally sent, was the shaft of inexorable fate!Captain Kyd (Vol 1 of 2)|Jonathon Holt Ingraham
I cannot see why Heaven ever chose to afflict me so cruelly.They Looked and Loved|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
In years past they were cruelly hunted and killed, but are now protected and encouraged.Round the Wonderful World|G. E. Mitton
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.