Cruel Synonyms and Antonyms
Part of speech:
Synonyms for Cruel
Devoid of compassion or feeling; pitiless.
Morally bad or wrong; wicked: Of behaviour which gives pleasure in the pain of others.
Disagreeably precise or penetrating:
Extremely immoral or cruel: (Pejorative, offensive) of, relating to, or practicing unusual or " kinky" sex
The definition of spiteful is someone who purposely does harm to another.
Having a harmful influence:
Not of ordinary human nature, form, or character:
Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent:
The definition of ruthless is someone without compassion or who doesn't show mercy. Of or relating to sin; sinny.
Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly:
Beyond what is proper or usual; excessive
Tending toward or characterized by cruelty or violence:
Extremely unusual or unconventional; extraordinary:
Of, like, fit for, or characteristic of swine; beastly, piggish, coarse, etc.
Hostile and violent, especially by nature or temperament; ferocious:
disposed to inflict suffering
Exposed to the wind and sea; unsheltered.
Without mercy; having, feeling, or showing no mercy; pitiless, cruel, implacable, etc.
Emotionally hardened; unfeeling:
Atrocious behavior or condition; brutality, cruelty, etc. (Literally and figuratively) Beast-like
(Biology) Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution:
Crude in feeling or manner.
Of, characteristic of, or like Satan; devilish; infernal; diabolic
Disposed to violence; ferocious or cruel.
Designed or tending to disprove or discredit:
Causing or able to cause harm; hurtful
Having an evil influence; malign
Characterized by a lack of the emotions, attitudes, or behavior regarded as natural, normal, or right Not feeling or showing pity.
Having a body temperature that fluctuates, approximating that of the surrounding air, land, or water
Lacking in feeling or compassion; pitiless and cold.
Incapable of feeling or sensation; insensate or insensible
Firm in mind or purpose; stubborn; unyielding; unshakable
Not diminishing in intensity, pace, or effort:
The definition of inexorable is a stubborn or inflexible person or a situation that cannot be changed.
Unyielding in severity or strictness; unrelenting:
Not to be doubted or questioned; positive:
Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival:
Covered with or having many stones
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
hard-as-nails (Simile, colloquial) Very hard; tough
Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc. Describing a person or action that is perverted or extremely wrong in a moral sense.
The definition of draconian is laws or punishments that are extremely severe or cruel.
Of or like a fiend; devilish; inhumanly wicked or cruel
Lacking in shade; undiminished:
Not placable; that cannot be appeased or pacified; relentless; inexorable
Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
Having the nature of or resulting from malice; deliberately harmful; spiteful:
Having no pity or compassion; merciless.
Of or suited to a tyrant; arbitrary; despotic
(Obs.) Dishonest or unfaithful
Arising from a desire for vengeance
Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce:
(Slang) Strikingly good, effective, or skillful:
(Law) Willful infliction of physical pain or suffering upon a person or animal, or of mental distress upon a person (Uncountable) Extreme wickedness, nefariousness. [from 15th c.]
The state of being wild or untamed.
induration (Medicine) An area or part of the body that has undergone such a reaction. Most often this term is used to describe dermatologic findings.
The quality or condition of being inhuman or inhumane
The act or practice of persecuting on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or beliefs that differ from those of the persecutor.
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.
Lacking refinement or culture; coarse: (Of a person) Contemptible, unruly, misbehaved.
Suggestive of or resembling a wolf.
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
Having an evil mind or disposition
Boisterous, disorderly, or given to violence:
Characterized by tyranny; despotic.
Eager to cause or see the shedding of blood.
Antonyms for Cruel
The definition of merciful is someone who is caring, compassionate, and gentle with discipline.
Emotionally affected; moved
The definition of compassionate is someone who shows kindness and empathy to others, or is something or some act that expresses kindness or empathy.
The definition of sympathetic is feeling compassion for someone or a situation, or connected by a mutual feeling or passion.
Of, for, or concerned with charity:
The definition of thoughtful is someone who is pondering or someone that shows care or sympathy for others.
Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite:
Words Related to Cruel
Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
So intense as to cause extreme suffering Synonym Study
implies a cruel and relentless disregard for the rights or welfare of others, while in pursuit of a goal
implies a callous refusal to be moved or influenced by the suffering of those one has wronged
stresses the complete absence of those qualities expected of a civilized human being, such as compassion, mercy, or benevolence
implies ruthless force or savage cruelty that is altogether unfeeling a brutal prison guard
implies indifference to the suffering of others or a disposition to inflict it on others cruel fate
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