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Inflicting suffering onto others without conscience
“Commodus was a cruel emperor who sought to inflict pain and torture on Maximus through devilish means.”
Upsetting in nature
“Jeremy's injury is a cruel blow to himself and to his team who rely on him.”
Difficult to endure
“They reached the top of the mountain despite the cruel conditions and climate.”
(chiefly Australia, New Zealand) Spoil or ruin
“Falling ill would cruel her chances of winning the tournament.”
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