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ˈkru əl ticru·el·ty

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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

Wiktionary

  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

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

  2. Cruelty(noun)

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

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

Freebase

  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."

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Numerology

  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

Examples of cruelty in a Sentence

  1. EMEASOBA GEORGE:

    Every issue or matter has an option or rather you do have an option. Yes! you heard me right. You can choose either life or death, hard work or laziness, success or failure, riches or poverty, excellence or mediocrity, grace or disgrace, forgiveness or unforgivingness, righteousness or unrighteousness, covetousness or contentedness, morality or immorality, patience or impatience, fame or obscurity, peace or war, wisdom or foolishness, strength or weakness, knowledge or ignorance, understanding or misunderstanding, respect or disrespect, literacy or illiteracy, kindness or unkindness, unity or disunity, hopefulness or hopelessness, construction or destruction, salvation or damnation, encouragement or discouragement, greatness or commonness, fastness or dullness, hell or heaven, light or darkness, God or Satan, increase or decrease, appreciation or depreciation, gratitude or ingratitude, humility or pride, loyalty or disloyalty, gentleness or ungentleness, love or hatred, faithfulness or unfaithfulness, generosity or stinginess, fidelity or infidelity, honesty or dishonesty, courage or cowardice, happiness or unhappiness, compassion or cruelty, Godliness or ungodliness, justice or injustice. However, all of the above illustrations evidently shows that, you have the willpower to choose either the positive or the negative aspect of every issue or matter in life. As well, the world is in your oyster. That is to say, you are in a position to choose or enjoy a broad range of opportunities or options. But, I urge you as usual. Dare to choose the positive aspect of everything rather than the negative aspect of it. Even if/when you are in dilemma. ~Emeasoba George

  2. Jimmy Carters:

    Our hearts are with the victims' families and all who feel hopeless in the face of pervasive racial discrimination and outright cruelty. We all must shine a spotlight on the immorality of racial discrimination, but violence, whether spontaneous or consciously incited, is not a solution.

  3. Emilie Fe delos Santos:

    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.

  4. Anne Frank:

    It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet, I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery, and death. I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.

  5. Gabrielle Rose:

    I'm dumbfounded as to why the government would deny George Newhouse the opportunity to be with George Newhouse family and yet at the same time, from what we've been told, they were failing to adequately care for George Newhouse, that unnecessary cruelty hastened George Newhouse decline.

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