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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cruel  \Cru"el\  (kr[udd]"[e^]l),  a.  [F.  cruel,  fr  L.  crudelis 
  fr  crudus  See  {Crude}.] 
  1.  Disposed  to  give  pain  to  others  willing  or  pleased  to 
  hurt,  torment,  or  afflict;  destitute  of  sympathetic 
  kindness  and  pity;  savage;  inhuman;  hard-hearted; 
  merciless. 
 
  Behold  a  people  cometh  from  the  north  country;  .  .  . 
  they  are  cruel  and  have  no  mercy.  --Jer.  vi 
  22,23. 
 
  2.  Causing,  or  fitted  to  cause  pain,  grief,  or  misery. 
 
  Cruel  wars,  wasting  the  earth.  --Milton. 
 
  Cursed  be  their  anger,  for  it  was  fierce;  and  their 
  wrath  for  it  was  cruel.  --Gen.  xlix. 
  7. 
 
  3.  Attended  with  cruetly;  painful;  harsh. 
 
  You  have  seen  cruel  proof  of  this  man's  strength. 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cruel  \Cru"el\  (kr[udd]"[e^]l),  n. 
  See  {Crewel}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cruel 
  adj  1:  lacking  or  showing  kindness  or  compassion  or  mercy  [syn:  {unkind}] 
  2:  (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"  [syn:  {barbarous}, 
  {brutal},  {fell},  {roughshod},  {savage},  {vicious}] 
  3:  (of  weapons  or  instruments)  causing  suffering  and  pain; 
  "brutal  instruments  of  torture";  "cruel  weapons  of  war" 
  [syn:  {brutal}] 
  4:  (of  circumstances;  especially  weather)  causing  suffering; 
  "brutal  weather";  "northern  winters  can  be  cruel";  "a 
  cruel  world";  "a  harsh  climate;  "a  rigorous  climate"; 
  "unkind  winters"  [syn:  {brutal},  {harsh},  {rigorous},  {unkind}] 




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