Associations to the word «Cruel»

Wiktionary

CRUEL, adjective. Not nice; mean; heartless.
CRUEL, adjective. (slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
CRUEL, verb. To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)

Dictionary definition

CRUEL, adjective. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks".

Wise words

Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.
William Butler Yeats