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adjective cruel pronunciation in British English /ˈkruːəl/
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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?
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    1. a.
      used about someones behaviour
      She had a cruel look in her eyes.
      a cruel sense of humour
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  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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