Cruelest

cruel

[kroo-uhl]
adjective, crueler, cruelest.
1.
willfully or knowingly causing pain or distress to others.
2.
enjoying the pain or distress of others: the cruel spectators of the gladiatorial contests.
3.
causing or marked by great pain or distress: a cruel remark; a cruel affliction.
4.
rigid; stern; strict; unrelentingly severe.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin crūdēlis, equivalent to crūd(us) (see crude) + -ēlis adj. suffix

cruelly, adverb
cruelness, noun
uncruel, adjective
uncruelly, adverb
uncruelness, noun


1. bloodthirsty, ferocious, merciless, relentless. Cruel, pitiless, ruthless, brutal, savage imply readiness to cause pain to others. Cruel implies willingness to cause pain, and indifference to suffering: a cruel stepfather. Pitiless adds the idea of refusal to show compassion: pitiless to captives. Ruthless implies cruelty and unscrupulousness, letting nothing stand in one's way: ruthless greed. Brutal implies cruelty that takes the form of physical violence: a brutal master. Savage suggests fierceness and brutality: savage battles.


1. kind. 2. sympathetic, compassionate.
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cruel (ˈkruːəl)
 
adj
1.  causing or inflicting pain without pity: a cruel teacher
2.  causing pain or suffering: a cruel accident
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis, from crūdus raw, bloody]
 
'cruelly
 
adv
 
'cruelness
 
n

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cruel
early 13c., from O.Fr. cruel, earlier crudel, from L. crudelem "unfeeling, cruel," related to crudus "rough, raw, bloody."
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