Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) See Crewel.
2. (a.) 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.
3. (a.) Causing, or fitted to cause, pain, grief, or misery.
4. (a.) Attended with cruelty; painful; harsh.