One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘torture and inhumane treatment are banned in this country’
cruel, harsh, brutal, callous, sadistic, severe, savage, vicious, barbaric, barbarous
bestial, monstrous, inhuman, fiendish, diabolical, evil, wicked, heinous
merciless, ruthless, pitiless, unpitying, remorseless, cold-blooded, heartless, hard-hearted, stone-hearted, with a heart of stone, unforgiving
unkind, unkindly, inconsiderate, unsympathetic, unfeeling, uncaring
informal hard-boiled, hard-nosed
British dated, informal beastly
archaic dastardly, sanguinary
rare egregious, flagitious
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