Part of speech:
Devoid of compassion or feeling; pitiless.
Morally bad or wrong; wicked:
Suited to one of good breeding; refined and polite:
Disagreeably precise or penetrating:
Having a harmful influence:
Extremely immoral or cruel:
The definition of spiteful is someone who purposely does harm to another.
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.
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:
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.
Desiring or seeking vengeance; vindictive
Incapable of being changed; unalterable:
(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
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:
Fierce; cruel; savage
Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
Unpleasant, uncomfortable, or hostile to survival:
Covered with or having many stones
Difficult to endure; oppressive:
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.
Not domesticated or cultivated; wild:
Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
Brutal or cruel:
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
Severe, powerful, or intense; fierce:
(Slang) Strikingly good, effective, or skillful:
A cruel or brutal act
(Law) Willful infliction of physical pain or suffering upon a person or animal, or of mental distress upon a person
The state of being wild or untamed.
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.
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.
Suggestive of or resembling a wolf.
So intense as to cause extreme suffering
Marked by brutal force:
Having an evil mind or disposition
Boisterous, disorderly, or given to violence:
Eager to cause or see the shedding of blood.
Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
Characterized by tyranny; despotic.
- 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
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