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Synonyms for cruel
ˈkru əl

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (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"

    Synonyms:
    wild, uncivilized, fierce, savage, deplorable, reprehensible, fell, beastly, unrelenting, venomous, criminal, brute(a), condemnable, roughshod, barbaric, evil, feral, poisonous, barbarous, vicious, furious, ferocious, barbarian, heavy-handed, brutish, bestial, brutal, ferine, uncivilised

    Antonyms:
    humane

Wiktionary

  1. cruel(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    sadistic, vicious, brutal

    Antonyms:
    merciful

  2. cruel(adjective)

    Not nice; mean; heartless.

    The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.

    Synonyms:
    vicious, sadistic, brutal

    Antonyms:
    merciful

  3. cruel(adjective)

    Cool; awesome; neat.

    Synonyms:
    sadistic, brutal, vicious

    Antonyms:
    merciful

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cruel

    Whatever is not civilized is barbarian; barbaric indicates rude magnificence, uncultured richness; as, barbaric splendor, a barbaric melody. Barbarous refers to the worst side of barbarian life, and to revolting acts, especially of cruelty, such as a civilized man would not be expected to do; as, a barbarous deed. We may, however, say barbarous nations, barbarous tribes, without implying anything more than want of civilization and culture. Savage is more distinctly bloodthirsty than barbarous. In this sense we speak of a savage beast and of barbarous usage.

    Synonyms:
    atrocious, barbarian, barbaric, barbarous, brutal, inhuman, merciless, rude, savage, uncivilized, uncouth, untamed

    Antonyms:
    civilized, courtly, cultured, delicate, elegant, graceful, humane, nice, polite, refined, tender, urbane

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. cruel

    Synonyms:
    savage, barbarous, pittiless, inexorable, unrelenting, ruthless, truculent, hard-hearted, harsh, unmerciful, brutal, inhuman, maleficent, malignant

    Antonyms:
    humane, forbearing, generous, merciful, forgiving, benevolent, beneficent

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. cruel(a.)

    Synonyms:
    unmerciful, inhuman, merciless, unfeeling, uncompassionate, fell, ruthless, barbarous, pitiless, relentless, unrelenting, inexorable, savage, ferocious, brutal, sanguinary, truculent, blood-thirsty, hard-hearted

  2. cruel(a.)

    Synonyms:
    severe, hard, sharp, bitter

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. cruel(a)

    Synonyms:
    pitiless, merciless, inhuman, unmerciful, fell, relentless, ruthless, truculent, brutal, unfeeling, severe, inexorable, incompassionate, implacable

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#236180uncivilised
#290986condemnable

How to use cruel in a sentence?

  1. President Trump:

    No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea.

  2. Nicki Minaj:

    The Bible tells us that jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Unbelievable. Rest In Peace, Pop.

  3. Jim Ambrose:

    I think there is a resilience gene. There are so many times when I could have packed it in, or subsisted on scraps. Or I could have chosen girlfriends who were bad for me or cruel or abusive, but I didn't, i need for them to see me as plainly and clearly as they possibly can. I need unequivocal visibility from my sexual partner.

  4. Aaron David Miller:

    Whatever the aspirations on the campaign trail, they have given way to the realities of what it takes to conduct American foreign policy in a cruel and unforgiving world, the way this administration does business is highly unorthodox in so many respects.

  5. Robert Dunham:

    Lest there be any doubt, we hold that our state constitutions prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, article I, section 17,5 does not require a unanimous jury recommendation or any jury recommendation before a death sentence can be imposed, the court said. That ruling has placed the fate of those death row inmates navigating the resentencing process into the realm of uncertainty. There is a growing fear among experts that some of those death row inmates will have their death penalties reinstated. An execution chamber used in Florida. (Florida Department of Corrections) The question here now is going to be, What about the people that have already been told they are entitled to a resentencing hearing? can you take that away from them? Can you retroactively pull the rug out and reinsert the death penalty? Brunvand toldFox News that a motion has already been filed to reinstate the death penalty for his client. He thinks thats an injustice. I cannot imagine having been sentenced to death, having received word from the Supreme Court that the scheme is unconstitutional and youre going to get a new trial, to have lawyers start preparing for trial and then all of the sudden face the prospect that Oh, we might just send you back to death row. I cant imagine.


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