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Valid words made from Cruel

You can make 27 words from 'cruel' in our Scrabble US and Canada dictionary.


5 letters words from 'cruel'

CRUEL 7LUCRE 7
ULCER 7 

4 letters words from 'cruel'

CLUE 6CRUE 6
CURE 6CURL 6
ECRU 6LUCE 6
LURE 4RULE 4

3 letters words from 'cruel'

CEL 5CRU 5
CUE 5CUR 5
ECU 5LEU 3
LUR 3REC 5
RUC 5RUE 3
ULE 3URE 3

2 letters words from 'cruel'

EL 2ER 2
RE 2UR 2

All 5 letters words made out of cruel

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Definitions and meaning of cruel

cruel

Pronunciation

  • enPR: kro͞oəl, IPA(key): /kɹuːəl/, /kɹuːl/
  • Rhymes: -ʊəl, -uːl
  • Hyphenation: cru‧el

Etymology 1

From Middle English cruel, borrowed from Old French cruel, from Latin crūdēlis (hard, severe, cruel), akin to crūdus (raw, crude); see crude.

Adjective

cruel (comparative crueler or crueller or more cruel, superlative cruelest or cruellest or most cruel)

  1. Intentionally causing or reveling in pain and suffering; merciless, heartless.
    The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
    Synonym: sadistic
    Antonym: merciful
  2. Harsh; severe.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Ranulph Fiennes, Cold: Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth
      He was physically the toughest of us and wore five layers of polar clothing, but the cold was cruel and wore us down hour after hour.
    • (Can we date this quote?) C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
      You may be sure they watched the cliffs on their left eagerly for any sign of a break or any place where they could climb them; but those cliffs remained cruel.
    Synonym: brutal
  3. (slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
Derived terms
  • be cruel to be kind
  • cruel-hearted
  • cruelly
  • cruelness
  • cruelsome
  • goodbye, cruel world
  • overcruel
Related terms
  • crude
  • cruelty
Translations

Adverb

cruel (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard) To a great degree; terribly.

Verb

cruel (third-person singular simple present cruels, present participle cruelling, simple past and past participle cruelled)

  1. (chiefly Australia, New Zealand) To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
    • 1937, Vance Palmer, Legend for Sanderson, Sydney: Angus & Robertson, p. 226, [1]
      What cruelled him was that Imperial Hotel contract.
    • 2014, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April, 2014, [2]
      He was on the fringes of Test selection last year before a shoulder injury cruelled his chances.
    • 2015, The Age, 8 September, 2015, [3]
      A shortage of berth space for mega container ships will restrict capacity at Melbourne's port, cruelling Labor's attempts to get maximum value from its privatisation, a leading shipping expert has warned.
  2. (Australia, transitive, intransitive) To violently provoke (a child) in the belief that this will make them more assertive.
    • 2007, Stewart Motha, "Reconciliation as Domination" in Scott Veitch (ed.), Law and the Politics of Reconciliation, Routledge, 2016, p. 83, [4]
      Violence is apparently introduced early by the practice of "cruelling": children even in their first months are physically punished and then encouraged to seek retribution by punishing the punisher.
    • 2009, Mark Colvin, ABC, "Peter Sutton discusses the politics of suffering in Aboriginal communities," 2 July, 2009, [5]
      [] I was referring to the area where you were talking about this practice of cruelling; the pinching of babies, sometimes so hard that their skin breaks and may go septic.

Etymology 2

Noun

cruel (countable and uncountable, plural cruels)

  1. Alternative form of crewel

Further reading

  • cruel in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • cruel in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams

  • lucre, ulcer

Asturian

Etymology

From Latin crūdēlis.

Adjective

cruel (epicene, plural crueles)

  1. cruel

Related terms

  • crueldá
  • crudu

Catalan

Etymology

From Old Occitan [Term?], from Latin crūdēlis.

Adjective

cruel (masculine and feminine plural cruels)

  1. cruel

Derived terms

  • cruelment

Related terms

  • crueltat
  • cru

Further reading

  • “cruel” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.

French

Etymology

From Old French cruel, from Latin crūdēlis; either remade based on the Latin or evolved from the Old French form crual, possibly from a Vulgar Latin form *crūdālis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kʁy.ɛl/
  • Homophones: cruels, cruelle, cruelles

Adjective

cruel (feminine singular cruelle, masculine plural cruels, feminine plural cruelles)

  1. cruel
  2. hard, painful

Synonyms

  • féroce
  • pénible

Derived terms

  • cruellement

Related terms

  • cruauté
  • cru

Further reading

  • “cruel” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • culer
  • recul

Galician

Etymology

From Old Portuguese [Term?], from Latin crūdēlis.

Adjective

cruel m or f (plural crueis)

  1. cruel

Derived terms

  • cruelment

Related terms

  • crueldade
  • cru

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • kruell, cruele, cruwel, crewel, cruell, cruwelle, crewelle, cruelle, crowell

Etymology

From Old French crual, from Latin crūdēlis.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /kriu̯ˈɛːl/, /ˈkriu̯ɛl/, /ˈkriu̯əl/, /ˈkruəl/

Adjective

cruel

  1. Merciless, cruel; revelling in another's pain.
  2. Deleterious, injurious; conducive to suffering.
  3. Unbearable, saddening, terrifying.
  4. Strict, unforgiving, mean; not nice.
  5. Savage, vicious, dangerous; displaying ferocity.
  6. Bold, valiant, heroic (in war)
  7. (rare) Sharp, acrid, bitter-tasting.

Derived terms

  • cruelheed
  • cruelly
  • cruelnesse
  • cruelte

Descendants

  • English: cruel
  • Scots: cruel

References

  • “crūē̆l (adj.)” in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-09-12.

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese cruel, from Latin crūdēlis.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /kɾu.ˈɛɫ/
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /kɾu.ˈɛw/
  • Rhymes: -ɛw

Adjective

cruel (plural cruéis, comparable)

  1. (of a person or creature) cruel (that intentionally causes or revels in pain and suffering)
    Synonym: bárbaro
  2. (of a situation or occurrence) cruel; harsh; severe
    Synonyms: severo, terrível, pesado
  3. (of a doubt or question) distressful
    Synonym: terrível
  4. (of an occurrence) bloody; violent
    Synonyms: sangrento, cruento, sanguinolento

Derived terms

  • cruelmente

Related terms

  • crueldade
  • cru

Spanish

Etymology

From Old Spanish, from Latin crūdēlis.

Adjective

cruel (plural crueles)

  1. cruel

Derived terms

  • cruelmente

Related terms

  • crueldad
  • crudo

Source: wiktionary.org