Definition of cruelly adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    cruelly

     adverb
    adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈkruːəli//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkruːəli//
     
     
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  1. 1in a way that shows a desire to cause pain or suffering The dog had been cruelly treated.
  2. 2in a way that causes pain or suffering I was cruelly deceived.