Intentionally causing or reveling in pain and suffering; merciless, heartless.
‘The supervisor was very cruel to Josh, as he would always give Josh the hardest, most degrading work he could find.’;
Resembling a devil.
Characteristic of a devil.
‘a devilish grin’;
(slang) Cool; awesome; neat.
(informal) Extreme, excessive.
‘A devilish effort yielded a devilish success.’;
(nonstandard) To a great degree; terribly.
(informal) Devilishly; very; exceedingly.
‘It was devilish hot outside today.’;
To spoil or ruin (one's chance of success)
Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme.
‘This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.’;
To violently provoke (a child) in the belief that this will make them more assertive.
showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil;
‘devilish schemes’; ‘the cold calculation and diabolic art of some statesmen’; ‘the diabolical expression on his face’; ‘a mephistophelian glint in his eye’;
Disposed to give pain to others; willing or pleased to hurt, torment, or afflict; destitute of sympathetic kindness and pity; savage; inhuman; hard-hearted; merciless.
‘Behold a people cometh from the north country; . . . they are cruel and have no mercy.’;
playful in an appealingly bold way;
‘a roguish grin’;
Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.
‘Cruel wars, wasting the earth.’; ‘Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath for it was cruel.’;
in a playfully devilish manner;
‘the socialists are further handicapped if they believe that capitalists are not only wicked but also devilishly clever’;
Attended with cruetly; painful; harsh.
‘You have seen cruel proof of this man's strength.’;
Evil Master Devilish
lacking or showing kindness or compassion or mercy
(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’;
(of weapons or instruments) causing suffering and pain;
‘brutal instruments of torture’; ‘cruel weapons of war’;
used of circumstances (especially weather) that cause suffering;
‘brutal weather’; ‘northern winters can be cruel’; ‘a cruel world’; ‘a harsh climate’; ‘a rigorous climate’; ‘unkind winters’;