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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Cruel


CRUEL, adjective [Latin See Crude and Rude.]

1. Disposed to give pain to others, in body or mind; willing or pleased to torment, vex or afflict; inhuman; destitute of pity, compassion or kindness; fierce; ferocious; savage; barbarous; hardhearted; applied to persons or their dispositions.

They are cruel and have no mercy. Jeremiah 6:23.

2. Inhuman; barbarous; savage; causing pain, grief or distress; exerted in tormenting, vexing or afflicting.

Cursed be their wrath, for it was cruel Genesis 44:1.

The tender mercies of the wicked are cruel Proverbs 12:10.

Others had trials of cruel mockings. Hebrews 11:36.