Meaning of 酷

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English Definition: ruthless; strong (e.g. of wine); (loanword) cool; hip
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 14; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (wine) conveys the meaning.
Character Formation:
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    • [ yǒu ] wine; wine vessel; chemical
    • [ gào ] to tell, to inform, to announce; to accuse
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Example Words
残酷 cán cruel; cruelty
冷酷 lěng grim; unfeeling; callous
酷暑 shǔ intense heat; extremely hot weather
严酷 yán bitter; harsh; grim; ruthless; severe; cut-throat (competition)
酷爱 ài to be keen on; to have a passion for
More: 酷* | *酷 | *酷*
Example Sentences
We have to say it - this ride is almost too cool for school.
Well, of course, but what makes someone cool and interesting to you?
The cool thing about this strategy is that it lets fans have a sense of ownership of the film.
If so, it's possible he thinks he's being "cool" and somehow "connecting" with his younger colleagues.
So be "cool" when you are introduced to someone.