What are some alternative words for cruel?

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

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)

    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. Raif Badawi:

    All this cruel suffering happened to me because I expressed my opinion.

  2. Simone Weil:

    History is a tissue of base and cruel acts in the midst of which a few drops of purity sparkle at long intervals.

  3. 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.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    True love/compassion/sympathy is ever required of you/everyone in order to make the world a better place. Oh! Yes, anyone who lacks any of the above virtues is just cruel/inhumane. You can say I said so.

  5. Leo Rosten:

    I learned that it is the weak who are cruel, and that gentleness is to be expected only from the strong.


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