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Meaning & Definition of Cruel in English

English

Cruel

/kruəl/

adjective

1. (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"
    synonym:
  • barbarous
  • ,
  • brutal
  • ,
  • cruel
  • ,
  • fell
  • ,
  • roughshod
  • ,
  • savage
  • ,
  • vicious

Examples of using

Why are people so cruel?
Pirates are cruel.
Men are cruel, but Man is kind.