cruel Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cruel" in British English

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crueladjective

uk   us   /ˈkruː.əl/ /krʊəl/ (crueller, cruellest or crueler, cruelest)
B1 extremelyunkind and ​unpleasant and ​causingpain to ​people or ​animalsintentionally: Don't ​tease him about his ​weight - it's cruel. Children can be very cruel to each other. causingsuffering: His ​death was a cruel blow.
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cruelly
adverb uk   us   /-i/
B2 in a cruel way
(Definition of cruel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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crueladjective

 us   /ˈkru·əl/
extremelyunkind and ​intentionally causing ​pain: Her ​classmates made some cruel ​remarks. Is the ​deathpenalty cruel and ​unusualpunishment? I ​think it’s cruel to put a ​dog in a ​cage.
cruelly
adverb  us   /ˈkru·ə·li/
She ​treated him cruelly before the ​divorce.
(Definition of cruel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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