As adjectives the difference between cruel and arch
is that cruel
is not nice; mean; heartless while arch
) knowing, clever, mischievous.
As verbs the difference between cruel and arch
is that cruel
is to spoil or ruin (one's chance of success) while arch
is to form into an arch shape.
As a noun arch is
)an inverted u shape or arch
can be (obsolete) a chief.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
Not nice; mean; heartless.
(slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
- The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
From (etyl), from (etyl) .
(senseid)An inverted U shape.
An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
(senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
(archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
- to pass into the arch of a bridge
To form into an arch shape
To cover with an arch or arches.
- The cat arched its back
From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.
(senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
- I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
* 1906 , O. Henry,
- [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
- A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
- Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
- the most arch act of piteous massacre
(obsolete) A chief.
- My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.