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Frank J. Wilstach, comp.  A Dictionary of Similes.  1916.
 
Cruel
 
  Cruel as a rich coxcomb in a ballroom.
            —Anonymous
  1
  Cruel as winter.
            —Anonymous
  2
  As cruel as Medea.
            —Robert Burton
  3
            Cruel as the Tartar foe,
To death inured, and nurst in scenes of woe.
            —William Collins
  4
  Cruel as Medusa’s sculptured face.
            —Lord De Tabley
  5
  Cruel as Herod when he surpris’d the sleeping Children of Bethlehem.
            —Sir William Davenant
  6
  Cruel as the sun.
            —Maurice Hewlett
  7
  Cruel as the pinch of a painless dentist.
            —Sydney Munden
  8
  Cruel as love or life.
            —Algernon Charles Swinburne
  9
Cruel as a schoolboy ere he grows
  To pity.
            —Alfred Tennyson
  10
  Jealousy is as cruel as the grave.
            —Old Testament
  11
  Cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
            —Old Testament
  12
  Cruel as death.
            —James Thomson
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