cruelty, inhuman treatment(noun)
a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
cruelty, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness(noun)
feelings of extreme heartlessness
cruelty, cruelness, harshness(noun)
the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
an indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.
a cruel act
the attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity
a cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain
Origin: [OF. cruelt, F. cruaut, fr. L. crudelitas, fr. crudelis. See Cruel.]
Cruelty is indifference to suffering, and even pleasure in inflicting it. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept. Cruel ways of inflicting suffering may involve violence, but affirmative violence is not necessary for an act to be cruel. For example, if a person is drowning and begging for help, and another person is able to help, but merely watches with disinterest or perhaps mischievous amusement, that person is being cruel — rather than violent. George Eliot stated that "cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity." Bertrand Russell stated that "the infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell." Gilbert K. Chesterton stated that "cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty."
The numerical value of Cruelty in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of Cruelty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
There was no need for the other five, one shot for me is cruelty.
The state clearly has the right to ban the sale of the products of animal cruelty.
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
We filed a murder case, it's a capital offense so there will be no bail. There was aggravated treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty.
Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals nay it is treachery to comrades.
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Translations for Cruelty
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- crueltatCatalan, Valencian
- Grausamkeit, QuälereiGerman
- mì-chneastachd, neo-thruacantachdScottish Gaelic
- wreedheid, wreedte, gruwzaamheidDutch
- безжалостность, жестокостьRussian
- elakhet, grymhetSwedish
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