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