Cruel vs Unusual - What's the difference?

cruel | unusual |

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.
  • The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.
  • (slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
  • Synonyms

    * brutal * sadistic * vicious


    * merciful

    Derived terms

    * cruelly


  • To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
  • Anagrams

    * * ----



    Alternative forms

    * unusuall (obsolete)


    (en adjective)
  • Unlike what is expected; differing in some way from the norm.
  • *
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  • Not usual.
  • Synonyms

    * (different from the expected) abnormal, rare, strange, weird, (stronger) extraordinary ** See also


    * (different from the expected) normal, usual