cruel

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English[edit]

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Middle English, from Old French, from Latin crūdēlis (hard, severe, cruel), akin to crūdus (raw, crude); see crude.

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cruel (comparative crueler or crueller, superlative cruelest or cruellest)

  1. Not nice; mean; heartless.
    The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
  2. (slang) Cool; awesome; neat.

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cruel (third-person singular simple present cruels, present participle cruelling, simple past and past participle cruelled)

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

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Asturian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin crūdēlis.

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cruel (epicene, plural crueles)

  1. cruel

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin crūdēlis.

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cruel m, f (masculine and feminine plural cruels)

  1. cruel

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin crūdēlis. Compare also the Old French form crual, possibly from a Vulgar Latin form *crudalis.

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cruel m (feminine cruelle, masculine plural cruels, feminine plural cruelles)

  1. cruel
  2. hard, painful

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin crūdēlis.

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cruel m, f (plural crueis)

  1. cruel

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Middle English[edit]

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cruel

  1. cruel

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese cruel, from Latin crūdēlis.

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cruel m, f (plural cruéis; comparable)

  1. cruel

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Spanish[edit]

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From Latin crūdēlis.

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cruel m, f (plural crueles)

  1. cruel

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