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An example use of cruel in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to natural causes by cruel fate of …”

meanings of cruel


  1. Intentionally causing or reveling in pain and suffering; merciless, heartless.
  2. Harsh; severe.
  3. Cool; awesome; neat.


  1. To violently provoke (a child) in the belief that this will make them more assertive.
  2. To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success).


  1. To a great degree; terribly.


  1. Alternative form of crewel.

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