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adjective cruel pronunciation in American English /ˈkruəl/ 
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adjectivecruel
comparativecrueller
superlativecruellest
  1. 1
    someone who is cruel enjoys causing pain to other people or animals, or enjoys making them unhappy or upset

    a cruel parent

    cruel to:

    How could you be so cruel to someone who never did you any harm?

    1. a.
      used about someone's behavior

      She had a cruel look in her eyes.

      a cruel sense of humor

  2. 2
    cruel events or situations make people suffer in a way that seems unfair

    It's a cruel world.

    a cruel blow:

    Closing the school would be a cruel blow to this community.

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