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Cruel appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Part Nero, part didgeridoo: he’s La Fleur, canoe dude on a cruel falsehood I, Reg, did trap or entrap.
  • "Did some devil-foe cadet on a derailleur cycle, no lock, co-manage bosses?"… so began a mock colonelcy cruel liar Ed, a noted ace of live demos, did.
  • O naughty men, if a Red is no cruel fell imp – maddened derailed animals to nod - oh we who do not slam in a deli a reddened damp millefleur consider a fine myth guano.
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The word cruel is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective cruel

What does cruel mean as an attribute of a noun?

Cruel is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: more cruel / crueler / crueller (less preferred form) | most cruel / cruelest / cruellest (less preferred form)

  1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Alternative definition of the adjective cruel


  1. Not nice; mean; heartless.
  2. [slang] Cool; awesome; neat.

Definition of the verb cruel

What does cruel mean as a doing word?


  1. To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)


Cruel is a video game for Microsoft Windows based on Perseverance, a solitaire card game. Cruel was published by Microsoft in 1990 as part of the Microsoft Entertainment Pack for Windows 3.0. Cruel has since been remade for other platforms by several vendors.


  1. "Cruel": “Cruel” is a song by Tori Amos, originally recorded as the second track on her album From the Choirgirls Hotel.
  2. "Cruel" is a musical EP of Kuroyume.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  3. "Cruel" is a composition.
  4. "Cruel" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  5. "Cruel" is a musical single of Public Image Ltd.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  6. "Cruel" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  7. "CRUEL" is a musical album of The Present Moment.
    • released on


Cruel is a musical group.

  • album: "Ekvilibrium"


Cruel is a pop rock track by New Zealand singer Dane Rumble. "Cruel" is the third solo single by Rumble, which was released as a digital download single on 23 November 2009. "Cruel" has became Rumble's third consecutive top 20 hit in New Zealand, peaking at #3 on the Official New Zealand Singles Chart. The single was certified Platinum on 22 March 2010, selling over 15,000 copies.

Phrases with Cruel

Phrases starting with the word Cruel:

  1. Cruel Vine
  2. cruel plant
  3. cruel and unusual punishment

Other phrases containing the word Cruel:

  1. Be Cruel to Be Kind
  2. Goodbye Cruel World
  3. freedom from cruel and unusual punishment

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cruel

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Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Science Fiction Literature (2004)

by Brian M. Stableford

Disch helped bring the sf conte cruel to new extremes of inventive acidity. By the 1980s the conte cruel ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

cruel and unusual punishment ference Service (NCJRS): http://www.ncjrs. org/ ncjhome.htm. Marvin Zalman Wayne State University cruel and unusual punishment is prohibited by the United States Constitution's Eighth and Fourteenth ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

a bigger shit than two tons of manure —William McIlvanney Cruel and cold as the judgment of man —Lord Byron Cruel as death —James Thomson This is from a double simile, the second part ...

Google previewWisconsin Encyclopedia (2008)

by Jennifer Herman

Cruel and unusual punishment extends to the denial of medical care if a serious medical need was ignored and prison officials were deliberately indifferent to the inmate's condition. A serious medical need means that the illness or injury is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments, Proposed Amendments, and Amending Issues, 1789–2015, 4th Edition [2 volumes] (2015)

by John R. Vile

It provides that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed , nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” The prohibition against excessive fines has roots in the English Magna Carta, whereas the provisions against ...

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Quotes about Cruel

If you are kind to the cruel, you will be cruel to the kind.
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Scrabble value of C3R1U1E1L1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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