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cruel

adjective uk   /ˈkruː.əl/ /krʊəl/ (crueller, cruellest or crueler, cruelest) us  
B1 extremely unkind and unpleasant and causing pain to people or animals intentionally: Don't tease him about his weight - it's cruel. Children can be very cruel to each other.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse causing suffering: His death was a cruel blow.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
cruelly
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
B2 in a cruel wayUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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