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Noun: cruelty  kroo-ul-tee
  1. A cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
    - inhuman treatment
  2. Feelings of extreme heartlessness
    - mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness
  3. The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
    - cruelness, harshness

Derived forms: cruelties

Type of: abuse, coldheartedness, hardheartedness, heartlessness, ill-treatment, ill-usage, malevolence, malevolency, malice, maltreatment

Encyclopedia: Cruelty