• WordNet 3.6
    • n cruelness the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cruelness Cruelty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cruelness Cruelty; inhumanity.
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  • Wendell Phillips
    “Aristocracy is always cruel.”
  • Thomas Paine
    “Belief in a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
  • John Gay
    “Cowards are cruel, but the brave love mercy and delight to save.”
  • William C. Redfield
    William C. Redfield
    “Facts have a cruel way of substituting themselves for fancies. There is nothing more remorseless, just as there is nothing more helpful, than truth.”
  • Ouida
    “Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.”
  • Aristotle
    “Cruel is the strife of brothers.”


In literature:

The thought sometimes occurred that he was not the only cruel one.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Yet all can't melt that cruel frozen heart.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
The government is suspicious and cruel.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The African magician was just another as wicked and cruel as the longshoreman.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Neither put trust in the other, and Lounsbury's cruel, lashing blows with the long bridle ends only made matters worse.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Taurus Antinor was not cruel but he was pitiless.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
And yet I've been saying these cruel things.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
But are you not cruel and cold to me still?
"Witness to the Deed" by George Manville Fenn
To her the sun seemed pitiless and cruel, the summer's amplitude seemed to mock her in her misery.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Not that Rose was really aware of this cruel hope of hers.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"Alas! I was not born beneath
The virgin and the scales,
So I must curse my cruel stars,
And walk about in Wales."
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
Far away, far away!
Is there indeed no hope to-day?
Cruel and false it were to say
There are no pleasures far away.
"The Emigrant Ship" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Warm friendship, generous and sincere,
Thy fountain may supply;
Till forc'd to feel the cruel wounds
Of insincerity.
"Address To Happiness" by Elizabeth Bath
Tell me, Lydia, tell me why,
By the gods that dwell above,
Sybaris makes haste to die
Through your cruel, fatal love.
"To Lydia" by Eugene Field
His speech's every syllable
Engenders for him cruel foes,
And all men, whether smart or dull,
Are quick to vilify him.
"On The Day Of Gogol's Death" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
The stealthy step of the panther,
The tiger's cruel eye;
A flash--and the wail of a nation
Rang in that terrified cry.
"Death Of President Lincoln" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

A video, uploaded by filmmaker Austin Christianson, was posted online teasing a ' Cruel Winter' short film featuring Kanye West.
Time to stop the government's cruel killing of wildlife.
The Documentary Film Fest is featuring ' Cruel and Unusual' on Nov 11, 12 and 15 in San Francisco and Berkeley – tickets and info here.
West's ' cruel ' attempt.
There have been rumors that G.O.O.D Music is cooking up a follow up to their hit album " Cruel Summer".
Last week, a trailer that was supposedly directed by Kanye West is for " Cruel Winter".
It looks like someone play a cruel joke on us.
The 54-second ' Cruel Winter' trailer that recently surfaced online apparently does not involved Kanye West.
INTERVIEWS Kanye West's ' Cruel Winter' Trailer Isn't a Trailer for ' Cruel Winter'.
Storm was cruel to elderly who refused to evacuate.
Tucson News NowStorm was cruel to elderly who refused to evacuate.
Superstorm Sandy was cruel to the elderly of New York City.
NEW YORK (AP) — Superstorm Sandy was cruel to the elderly of New York City.
NEW YORK — Superstorm Sandy was cruel to the elderly of New York City.
INTERVIEWS SPIN Liveblogs Kanye West's ' Cruel Winter' Trailer.

In science:

To be realistic, one only has to think of the treatment that some cruel human beings give to their victims, be either other human beings (often children) or animals.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Siendo realistas, s´olo hay que pensar en el trato cruel que algunos seres humanos infligen a sus v´ıctimas, ya sean otros seres humanos (a menudo ni˜nos) o animales.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
An early example of optimization problem is narrated in Virgil’s Aeneid: Dido, a Phenician princess, is obliged to flee Tyre, her hometown, after her husband is murdered by her brother, a cruel tyrant.
Theoretical analysis of optimization problems - Some properties of random k-SAT and k-XORSAT