Cruel vs Unusual - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between cruel and unusual
is that cruel
is not nice; mean; heartless while unusual
is unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.
As a verb cruel
is to spoil or ruin (one's chance of success).
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)
* unusuall (obsolete)
Unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.
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* (different from the expected) abnormal, rare, strange, weird, (stronger) extraordinary
** See also
* (different from the expected) normal, usual