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Cruel synonyms

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Having a harmful influence:
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  1. Having a harmful influence:
  2. Wishing evil or harm to others; having or showing ill will; malicious
  1. Vindictive or wanting vengeance.
  2. Arising from a desire for vengeance
  3. Desiring vengeance; vindictive:
Causing great injury, destruction, or ruin; fatal; deadly
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  1. Causing great injury, destruction, or ruin; fatal; deadly
  2. Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly:
  3. (Rare) Wicked; evil
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
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  1. Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
  2. Not giving in; not bending; stubborn.
  3. Not giving way to pressure; hard or inflexible:
(Obs.) Of or belonging to beasts; animal
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  1. (Obs.) Of or belonging to beasts; animal
  2. Disagreeably precise or penetrating:
  3. Plain and direct, although distressing in effect
Of behaviour which gives pleasure in the pain of others.
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  1. Of behaviour which gives pleasure in the pain of others.
Not suited for human needs:
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  1. Not suited for human needs:
  2. Of or pertaining to inhumanity and the indifferently cruel, sadistic or barbaric behavior it brings.
  3. Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character:
Having or showing no pity; merciless; relentless
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  1. Having or showing no pity; merciless; relentless
  2. Having no compassion or pity; merciless:
  3. Without pity or compassion; cruel, pitiless.
Filled with, prompted by, or showing spite; malicious.
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  1. Filled with, prompted by, or showing spite; malicious.
  2. Full of or showing spite; purposefully annoying; malicious
Morally bad; corrupt; perverted
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  1. Morally bad; corrupt; perverted
  2. Also corrupt in a moral sense, or disposition.
  3. Describing a person or action that is perverted or extremely wrong in a moral sense.
Severe and distressing:
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  1. Severe and distressing:
  2. Evil or immoral:
  3. Morally bad or wrong; acting or done with evil intent; depraved
  1. Vengeful
  2. Vengeful, vindictive. [from 16th c.]
  3. Full of or given to revenge.
Resulting from or based on conduct regarded as immoral
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  1. Resulting from or based on conduct regarded as immoral
  2. Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
  3. Characterized by or indicating future misfortune; ominous:
(Informal) Extremely pleasing to the senses; sensuously enjoyable:
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  1. (Informal) Extremely pleasing to the senses; sensuously enjoyable:
  2. Marked by or full of sin; wicked:
Having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state:
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  1. Having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state:
  2. (Biology) Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution:
  3. Having sunk below a former or normal condition, character, etc.; deteriorated
Of or like a brute; savage, gross, stupid, sensual, irrational, etc.
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  1. Of or like a brute; savage, gross, stupid, sensual, irrational, etc.
  2. Crude in feeling or manner.
  3. Rough; uncivilized:
Like or characteristic of a demon; fiendish; frenzied
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  1. Like or characteristic of a demon; fiendish; frenzied
  2. Possessed or influenced by a demon
  3. Possessed, produced, or influenced by a demon:
Violent or unrestrained in temperament or behavior.
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  1. Violent or unrestrained in temperament or behavior.
  2. Being well beyond the bounds of good taste:
  3. Extremely unusual or unconventional; extraordinary:
  1. (Comparable) Despotic, oppressive or authoritarian.
  2. Characteristic of a tyrant or tyranny; despotic and oppressive:
  3. Harsh, cruel, unjust, oppressive, etc.
(Archaic) Evident; obvious
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  1. (Archaic) Evident; obvious
  2. So obvious or conspicuous as to cause or heighten offense:
  3. Broad; general:
Bestial or brutish.
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  1. Bestial or brutish.
  2. Resembling or befitting swine.
  3. Of, like, fit for, or characteristic of swine; beastly, piggish, coarse, etc.
Malicious or wicked
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  1. Malicious or wicked
  2. Habitually putting an evil interpretation, esp. a salacious or prurient one, on even innocent things
  3. Having evil thoughts, opinions, or intentions.
Not worked out in detail; without claim to be exact or complete; approximate
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  1. Not worked out in detail; without claim to be exact or complete; approximate
  2. Regarded as being risky, dangerous, offensive, etc., often as a result of lacking in conventional social controls
  3. Characterized by violence or crime:
Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed:
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  1. Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed:
  2. Based on little or no evidence or probability; unfounded:
  3. Characterized by a lack of moral restraint; dissolute or licentious:
Like a beast in qualities or behavior; brutish or savage; brutal, coarse, vile, etc.
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  1. Like a beast in qualities or behavior; brutish or savage; brutal, coarse, vile, etc.
  2. Of beasts or lower animals
  3. Marked by brutality or depravity; brutal or depraved:
Extreme in activity or feeling; intense:
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  1. Extreme in activity or feeling; intense:
  2. Extremely powerful or destructive:
  3. Fierce; savage; violently cruel
Characterized by violence or carnage:
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  1. Characterized by violence or carnage:
  2. Eager to hurt or kill; murderous; very cruel
  3. Eager to cause or see the shedding of blood.
Without civilization; primitive; barbarous
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  1. Without civilization; primitive; barbarous
  2. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
  3. Wild, uncultivated, rugged, etc.
Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent:
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  1. Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent:
  2. Extremely powerful or destructive:
  3. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
Having the character or appearance of a monster
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  1. Having the character or appearance of a monster
  2. Extremely immoral or cruel:
  3. Very unnatural or abnormal in shape, type, or character
Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
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  1. Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
  2. Uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
  3. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
Marked by crudeness or lack of sophistication:
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  1. Marked by crudeness or lack of sophistication:
  2. Brutal or cruel:
  3. Wild, crude, and unrestrained
Harmful or malicious in intent or effect.
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  1. Harmful or malicious in intent or effect.
  2. Harmful; hurtful; evil
Fierce; terrible; cruel
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  1. Fierce; terrible; cruel
  2. Dire; sinister:
  3. Of an inhumanly cruel nature; fierce:
Greedily searching for prey
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  1. Greedily searching for prey
  2. Voracious and greedy.
Extremely wicked or cruel.
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  1. Extremely wicked or cruel.
  2. Extremely bad, disagreeable, or difficult:
  3. Sinister; evil; conniving; in the manner of a fiend.
Of, characteristic of, or like Satan; devilish; infernal; diabolic
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  1. Of, characteristic of, or like Satan; devilish; infernal; diabolic
  2. Profoundly cruel or evil; fiendish.
Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.
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  1. Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.
  2. Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous:
  3. Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
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  1. Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
  2. Disposed or eager to fight or engage in hostile opposition; belligerent.
  3. Fierce; cruel; savage; ferocious
Merely negative; not helpful
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  1. Merely negative; not helpful
  2. Tending or likely to cause destruction
  3. Causing or producing destruction; destroying
Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
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  1. Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
  2. Causing or capable of causing harm; injurious.
Causing or likely to cause death
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  1. Causing or likely to cause death
  2. Very harmful, dangerous, or virulent
  3. Wishing evil; very malevolent or malicious
Bitterly antagonistic or spiteful; full of hate and enmity; venomous; rancorous
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  1. Bitterly antagonistic or spiteful; full of hate and enmity; venomous; rancorous
  2. Capable of causing disease by aggressively interfering with the immune system of the host. Used of a pathogen.
  3. (Med.) Violent and rapid in its course; highly malignant
Inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty
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  1. Inclined to annoy or vex with playful tricks; naughty
  2. Troublesome; irritating:
  3. Troublesome, cheeky, badly behaved.
Having calluses; toughened:
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  1. Having calluses; toughened:
  2. Emotionally hardened; unfeeling:
  3. Lacking, or showing a lack of, pity, mercy, etc.; unfeeling
Contrary to, or at variance with, nature; abnormal; strange
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  1. Contrary to, or at variance with, nature; abnormal; strange
  2. Not in accordance with what usually occurs in nature:
  3. Characterized by a lack of the emotions, attitudes, or behavior regarded as natural, normal, or right
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  1. Showing no mercy; cruel and pitiless
  2. Having no mercy; cruel.
  3. Without mercy; having, feeling, or showing no mercy; pitiless, cruel, implacable, etc.
Delighting in or feeling pleasure from the pain of others.
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  1. Delighting in or feeling pleasure from the pain of others.
Not feeling or showing pity.
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  1. Not feeling or showing pity.
Having or exhibiting no mercy; merciless.
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  1. Having or exhibiting no mercy; merciless.
  2. Exceeding a normal or reasonable limit; excessive:
  3. Beyond what is proper or usual; excessive
Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
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  1. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
  2. Not changing in response to argument or other influence; obstinate or intractable:
  3. Not easily moved to pity or sympathy; hardhearted
Having a body temperature that fluctuates, approximating that of the surrounding air, land, or water
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  1. Having a body temperature that fluctuates, approximating that of the surrounding air, land, or water
  2. Lacking kindness and pity; cruel
  3. Easily affected by cold
Having or showing no pity; merciless; relentless
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  1. Having or showing no pity; merciless; relentless
  2. Having no compassion or pity; merciless:
  3. Without pity or compassion; cruel, pitiless.
  1. Unyielding or relentless
  2. Having no pity or compassion; merciless.
  3. Without remorse; pitiless; merciless; ruthless; cruel
Unfeeling; pitiless; cruel
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  1. Unfeeling; pitiless; cruel
  2. Lacking in feeling or compassion; pitiless and cold.
Having no physical feeling or sensation; insentient.
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  1. Having no physical feeling or sensation; insentient.
  2. Without emotion or sympathy
  3. Incapable of sympathy or mercy; hardhearted; callous; cruel
That cannot be changed; fixed; unalterable
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  1. That cannot be changed; fixed; unalterable
  2. Not easily bent; stiff or rigid.
  3. Refusing to change one's attitude, purpose, or principles; immovable:
Showing no clemency; unmerciful.
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  1. Showing no clemency; unmerciful.
  2. Rough; severe; stormy
  3. Lacking mercy or leniency; harsh
Having or exhibiting uncompromising determination; unyielding:
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  1. Having or exhibiting uncompromising determination; unyielding:
  2. Without mercy or compassion
  3. Not relenting; having no pity; not being or becoming lenient, mild, gentle, or merciful; unyielding; inflexibly rigid; hard; stern; cruel.
Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless:
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  1. Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless:
  2. Impossible to stop, alter, or resist; inevitable:
  3. That cannot be altered, checked, etc.
Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
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  1. Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
  2. Unrelenting or unyielding in severity
  3. Not relenting; harsh; pitiless
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  1. Without sparing
  2. Unmerciful; severe:
  3. Not merciful or forgiving; severe
Being fully such; utter:
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  1. Being fully such; utter:
  2. Of, relating to, or being a transitive verb when its object is implied but not stated. For example, inspires in We have a teacher who inspires is an absolute verb.
  3. Not to be doubted or questioned; positive:
Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
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  1. Dealing with unpleasant subjects; frightful; ghastly
  2. Repellent or horrifying:
  3. Fierce; cruel; savage
Of or pertaining to inhumanity and the indifferently cruel, sadistic or barbaric behavior it brings.
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  1. Of or pertaining to inhumanity and the indifferently cruel, sadistic or barbaric behavior it brings.
  2. Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel or indifferent:
  3. Not having the qualities considered normal to or for human beings; unfeeling, heartless, cruel, barbarous, etc.
Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
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  1. Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
  2. Very dangerous or harmful; grave or grievous:
  3. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
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  1. Unpleasantly coarse and rough to the touch:
  2. Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival:
  3. Severe, cruel, or exacting:
Lacking kindness or feeling; hard and pitiless
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  1. Lacking kindness or feeling; hard and pitiless
  2. Devoid of compassion or feeling; pitiless.
  3. Without a heart; specifically, without feeling, emotion, or concern for others; uncaring.
Exhibiting no feeling or warmth; impassive:
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  1. Exhibiting no feeling or warmth; impassive:
  2. (Slang) Relating to or indulging in the use of marijuana.
  3. Emotionally numbing or paralyzing:
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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  1. Difficult to endure; oppressive:
  2. Hard; severe; unyielding; strict
  3. Hard, harsh, or severe in manner or character:
Not interested; indifferent
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  1. Not interested; indifferent
  2. Not worried, anxious or apprehensive.
  3. Not concerned
(Simile, colloquial) Very hard; tough
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  1. (Simile, colloquial) Very hard; tough
Cruel; brutal
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  1. Cruel; brutal
  2. Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
  3. Characterized by savagery; very cruel:
Of or resembling a beast:
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  1. Of or resembling a beast:
  2. Of beasts or lower animals
  3. Marked by brutality or depravity; brutal or depraved:
Fierce; terrible; cruel
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  1. Fierce; terrible; cruel
  2. Dire; sinister:
  3. Capable of destroying; lethal:
Having returned to a wild condition
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  1. Having returned to a wild condition
  2. Having returned to an untamed state from domestication:
  3. Savage; fierce
Extremely powerful or destructive:
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  1. Extremely powerful or destructive:
  2. Extremely aggressive or violent:
  3. Fierce; savage; violently cruel
Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
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  1. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
  2. Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent:
  3. Extremely powerful or destructive:
Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel or indifferent:
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  1. Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel or indifferent:
  2. Of or pertaining to inhumanity and the indifferently cruel, sadistic or barbaric behavior it brings.
  3. Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character:
Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
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  1. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
  2. Fierce; ferocious; untamed
  3. Without civilization; primitive; barbarous
Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
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  1. Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
  2. Disposed or eager to fight or engage in hostile opposition; belligerent.
  3. Fierce; cruel; savage; ferocious
Disposed to violent or destructive behavior:
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  1. Disposed to violent or destructive behavior:
  2. Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce:
  3. Extremely violent or injurious; cruel:
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  1. Akin to the characteristics or habits of a wolf; lupine.
  2. Fierce or rapacious.
  3. Fierce; savage; menacing.
Extreme in activity or feeling; intense:
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  1. Extreme in activity or feeling; intense:
  2. Extremely powerful or destructive:
  3. Fierce; savage; violently cruel
Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
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  1. Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
  2. Intense in activity or feeling; vigorous or ardent:
  3. Extremely powerful or destructive:
Characterized by or showing hostility; unforgiving:
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  1. Characterized by or showing hostility; unforgiving:
  2. Fierce; ferocious; untamed
  3. Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
Extremely violent or injurious; cruel:
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  1. Extremely violent or injurious; cruel:
  2. Disposed to violent or destructive behavior:
  3. Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce:

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 113 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for cruel, like: malevolent, vengeful, disposed to inflict suffering, pernicious, unyielding, brutal, sadistic, inhuman, ruthless, spiteful and depraved.