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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"

    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



  1. cruel(adjective)

    sadistic, vicious, brutal


  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.

    vicious, sadistic, brutal


  3. cruel(adjective)

    Cool; awesome; neat.

    sadistic, brutal, vicious


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.

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

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

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 when she does not let me leave the house.

    Submitted by anonymous on November 24, 2020  
  2. 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. cruel(a)

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

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How to use cruel in a sentence?

  1. Jan Schmidt-Burbach:

    If you can ride or have a selfie with the animal, chances are that is cruel to the animal.

  2. Thomas Paine, "The Age of Reason":

    Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

  3. Henry Graham Greene:

    Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.

  4. The wise Pharoah Moe:

    With abstract of all the chain reactions of our lives, love is what makes stories of lives much more cruel..

  5. Tom Carper:

    Delaware's almost schizophrenic, and I think the country is too. They want us to stop Trump from doing more stupid and, in some cases, cruel things, at the same time they want us to try to find common ground on a number of other issues.

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