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Adjective
Inflicting suffering onto others without conscience
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“Commodus was a cruel emperor who sought to inflict pain and torture on Maximus through devilish means.”
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Upsetting in nature
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“Jeremy's injury is a cruel blow to himself and to his team who rely on him.”
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Imposing or constituting a physical, mental, or figurative load
“They reached the top of the mountain despite the cruel conditions and climate.”
Adjective
Characterized by the use of wit, especially to offend
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Given freely and generously
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Verb
(chiefly Australia, New Zealand) To spoil or ruin in some manner
“Falling ill would cruel her chances of winning the tournament.”
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To ruin or put an end to something
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