What does Cruelty mean?

Definitions for Crueltyˈkru əl ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Cruelty.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cruelty, inhuman treatment(noun)

    a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering

  2. cruelty, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness(noun)

    feelings of extreme heartlessness

  3. cruelty, cruelness, harshness(noun)

    the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance


  1. cruelty(Noun)

    an indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.

  2. cruelty(Noun)

    a cruel act

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cruelty(noun)

    the attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity

  2. Cruelty(noun)

    a cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain

  3. Origin: [OF. cruelt, F. cruaut, fr. L. crudelitas, fr. crudelis. See Cruel.]


  1. Cruelty

    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."


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cruelty in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cruelty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

    All cruelty springs from weakness.

  2. Phaedrus:

    Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.

  3. Dr. Anthony Daniels, The Observer (1998):

    Cruelty is like hope: it springs eternal.

  4. John Bunyan:

    Hanging is too good for him said Mr. Cruelty.

  5. Rue McClanahan:

    Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without.

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