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cruel as in (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"

Synonyms

  • barbarous (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; primitive in customs and culture
  • brutal (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; punishingly harsh; resembling a beast; disagreeably direct and precise
  • fell (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; cause to fall by or as if by delivering a blow; pass away rapidly; sew a seam by folding the edges ; the dressed skin of an animal (especially a large animal) ; seam made by turning under or folding together and stitching the seamed materials to avoid rough edges ; the act of felling something (as a tree)
  • roughshod (of a horse) having horseshoes with projecting nails to prevent slipping ; (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; unjustly domineering
  • savage attack brutally and fiercely ; criticize harshly or violently; a member of an uncivilized people ; a cruelly rapacious person ; (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; wild and menacing; without civilizing influences; marked by extreme and violent energy
  • vicious (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; having the nature of vice ; bringing or deserving severe rebuke or censure; marked by deep ill will

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