cruel (

     adj 1: lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy [syn: unkind]
     2: (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" [syn: barbarous,
         brutal, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious]
     3: (of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain;
        "brutal instruments of torture"; "cruel weapons of war"
        [syn: brutal]
     4: (of circumstances; especially weather) causing suffering;
        "brutal weather"; "northern winters can be cruel"; "a
        cruel world"; "a harsh climate; "a rigorous climate";
        "unkind winters" [syn: brutal, harsh, rigorous, unkind]