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Synonyms for cruel
ˈkru əlcru·el

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  1. crueladjective

    Synonyms:
    sadistic, vicious, brutal

    Antonyms:
    merciful

  2. crueladjective

    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. crueladjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (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

Editors Contribution

  1. lumpatious

    meaning that if used properly it could mean cruel, rude, or very obnoxiously a jerk.

    my mom is acting very lumpatious

    Submitted by anonymous on November 24, 2020  

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. crueladjective

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

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#139191maleficent
#205995truculent
#222327unmerciful
#236180uncivilised
#290986condemnable

How to use cruel in a sentence?

  1. Anthony Bouadi:

    They should have a specific museum for those monuments and statues - a museum that portrays the history of slave-owners, the history of the transatlantic slave trade is very cruel, it's not a good thing. However, we have to remember what happened in the past so we don't repeat what happened.

  2. Elizabeth Warren:

    Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging, and we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.

  3. Kazutoshi Arai:

    We don't think taking the dolphins from the wild is cruel, we aren't criticizing the hunt and we don't expect to change our stance.

  4. Nicki Minaj:

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

  5. Joel Nyonyintono:

    It's a cruel world to Salary earners and a great world to entrepreneurs.


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