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 for cruel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cruel \Cru"el\ (kr[udd]"[e^]l), n.
     See Crewel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Behold a people cometh from the north country; . . .
              they are cruel and have no mercy.     --Jer. vi.
                                                    22,23.
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     2. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.
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              Cruel wars, wasting the earth.        --Milton.
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              Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their
              wrath for it was cruel.               --Gen. xlix.
                                                    7.
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     3. Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
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              You have seen cruel proof of this man's strength.
                                                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cruel
      adj 1: (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, cruel, fell,
             roughshod, savage, vicious]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  129 Moby Thesaurus words for "cruel":
     Draconian, Tartarean, acute, afflictive, agonizing, animal,
     anthropophagous, atrocious, barbaric, barbarous, beastly, bestial,
     biting, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, bowelless, brutal,
     brutalized, brute, brutish, callous, cannibalistic, cold-blooded,
     cramping, cruel-hearted, cruise, cutthroat, demoniac, demoniacal,
     devilish, diabolic, diabolical, distressing, dog-eat-dog,
     excruciating, fare, fell, feral, ferocious, fiendish, fiendlike,
     fierce, flinty, gnawing, go, gory, grave, grim, griping, hard,
     harrowing, harsh, heartless, heinous, hellish, hie, homicidal,
     hurtful, hurting, implacable, inclement, inexorable, infernal,
     inhuman, inhumane, journey, merciless, monstrous, murderous,
     outrageous, painful, paroxysmal, pass, piercing, pitiless,
     poignant, proceed, pungent, push on, racking, red-handed,
     relentless, remorseless, repair, ruthless, sadistic, sanguinary,
     sanguineous, satanic, savage, self-destructive, severe, sharkish,
     sharp, shooting, slaughterous, slavering, spasmatic, spasmic,
     spasmodic, stabbing, stinging, subhuman, suicidal, tormenting,
     torturous, travel, truculent, unchristian, uncivilized,
     uncompassionate, uncompassioned, unfeeling, unforgiving, unhuman,
     unkind, unmerciful, unpitiful, unpitying, unremorseful, unsparing,
     unsympathetic, unsympathizing, unyielding, vicious, wend,
     without mercy, wolfish
  
  

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