Definition of 'cruel'
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The cruel reality you face of a life without the man you love is further compounded by a world that keeps on turning. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But sport, like life, is cruel. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Life can be cruel. Times, Sunday Times (2017)What a cruel blow for the traumatised relatives of the victims. Times, Sunday Times (2009)When stressed we are often the most cruel to those who we feel closest to. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The way it exposes some people is too cruel. Times, Sunday Times (2014)What kind of cruel irony embedded this peace directive in the very source of my discontent? Christianity Today (2000)This cruel blow meant working very hard indeed. Whicker's WarThe fences can be miles in length and are often cruel barriers to the movement of wildlife. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some cards include cruel jokes about people suffering despair. The Sun (2011)There is a cruel irony for cancer care in this country. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Losing right at the death was a cruel blow. The Sun (2008)She was horrified to read that people were being cruel about her. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is a cruel irony that once people realised it was pleasurable it went underground. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He turned the cruellest blow in the world into a chance to do some real good. The Sun (2014)And she is a beacon of hope to all women caught in the grip of this cruel and often misunderstood disease. The Sun (2010)It was a cruel irony that a man whose life had been language should at the last be deprived of it. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The cold snap is a cruel blow for all those flowers that came into bloom out of season earlier this winter. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Political life is cruel to families. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Often that is the case, but many are innocent victims of cruel misfortune. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Those who said he should serve longer for his part in the killing were brushed aside and accused of being harsh and cruel. The Sun (2010)The left's idea of keeping people on benefits for life is incredibly cruel. Times, Sunday Times (2014)That he was taken from his family so early in his son's life is particularly cruel. Times, Sunday Times (2009)His exchanges with the King also often exhibit a cruel rationality. The Times Literary Supplement (2013)
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Translations for 'cruel'
British English: cruel /ˈkruːəl/ ADJECTIVE
Someone who is cruel deliberately causes pain or distress.
Children can be very cruel.
- American English: cruel
- Arabic: قاسٍ
- Brazilian Portuguese: cruel
- Chinese: 残忍的
- Croatian: okrutan
- Czech: krutý
- Danish: ond
- Dutch: wreed
- European Spanish: cruel
- Finnish: julma
- French: cruel
- German: grausam
- Greek: σκληρός απάνθρωπος
- Italian: crudele
- Japanese: 残酷な
- Korean: 잔혹한
- Norwegian: grusom
- Polish: okrutny
- European Portuguese: cruel
- Romanian: crudcare dovedește cruzime
- Russian: жестокий
- Spanish: cruel
- Swedish: grym
- Thai: โหดร้าย
- Turkish: zalim
- Ukrainian: жорстокий
- Vietnamese: tàn nhẫn
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