Definitions for Crueltyˈkru əl ti
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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."
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
All cruelty springs from weakness.
Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.
Cruelty is like hope: it springs eternal.
Hanging is too good for him said Mr. Cruelty.
Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.
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Translations for Cruelty
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- crueltatCatalan, Valencian
- Grausamkeit, QuälereiGerman
- mì-chneastachd, neo-thruacantachdScottish Gaelic
- wreedheid, wreedte, gruwzaamheidDutch
- безжалостность, жестокостьRussian
- elakhet, grymhetSwedish
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