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crueladjective

us   /ˈkru·əl/
extremely unkind and intentionally causing pain: Her classmates made some cruel remarks. Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? 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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crueladjective

uk   /ˈkruː.əl/ us   /ˈkruː.əl/ crueller, cruellest or crueler, cruelest
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.
causing suffering: His death was a cruel blow.

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cruelly
adverb uk   /ˈkruː.ə.li/ us   /ˈkruː.ə.li/
B2 in a cruel way
(Definition of cruel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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