Cruelty meaning

kro͝oəl-tē
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The definition of cruelty refers to unkind or mean acts, or indifference to someone's feelings or emotions.

Calling someone mean names is an example of cruelty.

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The quality or condition of being cruel.
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Something, such as a cruel act or remark, that causes pain or suffering.
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The intentional infliction of physical or mental distress, especially when considered as a basis for granting a divorce.
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A cruel action, remark, etc.
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Willful infliction of physical pain or suffering upon a person or animal, or of mental distress upon a person.
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As a ground for divorce, the intentional and malicious infliction of physical or psychological abuse by a married person upon his or her spouse that endangers or severely impairs the spouse’s life or physical or mental well-being or creates a reasonable apprehension in the spouse’s mind of physical or mental harm. The extent of abuse that a spouse is expected to tolerate varies state to state, but a single act of cruelty is normally not enough to constitute grounds for divorce. See also abuse.
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(uncountable) An indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.
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(countable) A cruel act.
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The quality or condition of being cruel; inhumanity; hardheartedness.
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Origin of cruelty

  • From Old French crualté (French cruauté).

    From Wiktionary