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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.”
Upsetting in nature
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“Jeremy's injury is a cruel blow to himself and to his team who rely on him.”
Imposing or constituting a physical, mental, or figurative load
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“They reached the top of the mountain despite the cruel conditions and climate.”
Exercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way
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(chiefly Australia, New Zealand) To spoil or ruin in some manner
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“Falling ill would cruel her chances of winning the tournament.”
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