Someone or something that inflicts pain or causes suffering can be described as cruel. It would be cruel of you to offer chocolate to someone on a diet.

High school can be cruel sometimes: cruel teachers, who seem to organize to all pile on the papers and tests for the same day; cruel students, who are mean to each other; and even cruel cafeteria workers, who create disgusting concoctions out of mystery meat. Through its Latin ancestors — crudelis "rude and unfeeling" and crudus "raw or rude" — cruel is related to the English word crude, meaning rude or not fully formed.

Definitions of cruel
  1. adjective
    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
    cruel tortures”
    synonyms: barbarous, brutal, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious
    reflecting lack of pity or compassion
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