Cruel synonyms

kro͝o'əl
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Devoid of compassion or feeling; pitiless.
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Of behaviour which gives pleasure in the pain of others.
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Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
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Vicious
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Having a harmful influence:
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Disagreeably precise or penetrating:
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The definition of ruthless is someone without compassion or who doesn't show mercy.
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The definition of spiteful is someone who purposely does harm to another.
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Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly:
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Agreeable; pleasant:
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Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character:
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Of or relating to sin; sinny.
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Of or pertaining to demons; demonic.
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Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.
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Without mercy; having, feeling, or showing no mercy; pitiless, cruel, implacable, etc.
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Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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Emotionally hardened; unfeeling:
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Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite:
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(Literally and figuratively) Beast-like
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Desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive
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The definition of depraved is immoral or morally corrupt.
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Vengeful, vindictive. [from 16th c.]
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(Biology) Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution:
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Crude in feeling or manner.
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Extremely unusual or unconventional; extraordinary:
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(Not comparable) Of, or relating to tyranny or a tyrant.
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Of, like, fit for, or characteristic of swine; beastly, piggish, coarse, etc.
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Having an evil mind or disposition
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Boisterous, disorderly, or given to violence:
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Extremely aggressive or violent:
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Eager to cause or see the shedding of blood.
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Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
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Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
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Extremely immoral or cruel:
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Uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
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The definition of barbaric is something that is primitive or uncivilized.
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Harmful or evil in intent or effect.
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(UK dialectal, Scotland) Strong and fiery; biting; keen; sharp; pungent; clever.
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Of, characteristic of, or like Satan; devilish; infernal; diabolic
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Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
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Pertaining to, characteristic of, or produced by a demon or evil spirit; devilish or fiendish.
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Vicious
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Designed or tending to disprove or discredit:
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Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
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Having an evil influence; malign
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(Chiefly medicine, of a disease or disease-causing agent) Highly infectious, malignant, or deadly.
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Characterized by a lack of the emotions, attitudes, or behavior regarded as natural, normal, or right
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Not feeling or showing pity.
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Beyond what is proper or usual; excessive
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Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent:
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Having a body temperature that fluctuates, approximating that of the surrounding air, land, or water
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Lacking in feeling or compassion; pitiless and cold.
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Incapable of feeling or sensation; insensate or insensible
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Firm in mind or purpose; stubborn; unyielding; unshakable
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(Archaic) Unmercifully severe in temper or action.
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Pitiless
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Not diminishing in intensity, pace, or effort:
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The definition of inexorable is a stubborn or inflexible person or a situation that cannot be changed.
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Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
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Generous or unstinting:
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Not to be doubted or questioned; positive:
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Fierce; cruel; savage
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Pitiless
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Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
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Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival:
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Covered with or having many stones
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Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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Pitiless
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Pitiless
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Pitiless
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Pitiless
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Pitiless
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(Simile, colloquial) Very hard; tough
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Having or showing concern for the pain or suffering of another; compassionate.
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The definition of merciful is someone who is caring, compassionate, and gentle with discipline.
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Emotionally affected; moved
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The definition of compassionate is someone who shows kindness and empathy to others, or is something or some act that expresses kindness or empathy.
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Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
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Bloodthirsty; cruel
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Of or concerning the devil; satanic.
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The definition of draconian is laws or punishments that are extremely severe or cruel.
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Of or like a fiend; devilish; inhumanly wicked or cruel
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Lacking in shade; undiminished:
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Not placable; that cannot be appeased or pacified; relentless; inexorable
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Not compassionate; without pity or any compassion.
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Not having normal physical feeling
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Inflexible; unyielding:
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Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
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Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful:
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Tending toward or characterized by cruelty or violence:
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(Pejorative, offensive) of, relating to, or practicing unusual or "kinky" sex
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Having, or showing, no pity; merciless
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Having no pity or compassion; merciless.
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Characterized by tyranny; despotic.
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(Obs.) Dishonest or unfaithful
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Not kind
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Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce:
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(Slang) Strikingly good, effective, or skillful:
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Atrocious behavior or condition; brutality, cruelty, etc.
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A cruel or brutal act
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The quality of being callous; emotional hardheartedness or indifference.
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(Law) Willful infliction of physical pain or suffering upon a person or animal, or of mental distress upon a person
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(Uncountable) Extreme wickedness, nefariousness. [from 15th c.]
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The state of being wild or untamed.
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(Medicine) An area or part of the body that has undergone such a reaction. Most often this term is used to describe dermatologic findings.
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The quality or condition of being inhuman or inhumane
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The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
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Sadism is defined as a desire to inflict pain on others, especially for sexual gratification, or is defined as getting pleasure from being extremely cruelty.
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Not cruel.
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Mild, gentle, forgiving
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Consciously thoughtful and observant (often of other people); caring
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The definition of sympathetic is feeling compassion for someone or a situation, or connected by a mutual feeling or passion.
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Of, for, or concerned with charity:
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The definition of thoughtful is someone who is pondering or someone that shows care or sympathy for others.
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(Of a person) Contemptible, unruly, misbehaved.
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Suggestive of or resembling a wolf.
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So intense as to cause extreme suffering
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Marked by brutal force:
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(Obsolete) Without pity.
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(Archaic) Without pity; pitiless.
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Failing to sympathize; lacking sympathy
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Vicious
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Vicious
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Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
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Synonym Study

  • Ruthless implies a cruel and relentless disregard for the rights or welfare of others, while in pursuit of a goal
  • Pitiless implies a callous refusal to be moved or influenced by the suffering of those one has wronged
  • Inhuman stresses the complete absence of those qualities expected of a civilized human being, such as compassion, mercy, or benevolence
  • Brutal implies ruthless force or savage cruelty that is altogether unfeeling a brutal prison guard
  • Cruel implies indifference to the suffering of others or a disposition to inflict it on others cruel fate
Find another word for cruel. In this page you can discover 138 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for cruel, like: heartless, sadistic, evil, disposed to inflict suffering, malevolent, brutal, ruthless, spiteful, pernicious, kindly and inhuman.