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Definitions for cruelty
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. Katy Taylor:

    XCellR8 are pioneers in providing humane testing solutions. They are leading the way in ensuring more and more new test methods that are completely cruelty free are available to ethical companies.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    Nor are these policies rooted in religion, in fact, those who selectively use the Bible to justify this cruelty are ignoring a central tenant of Christianity.

  3. Vladimir Nabokov:

    My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.

  4. Randi Weingarten:

    It is stomach churning, i've worked with these two now for a good part of the last decade. And since Donald Trump was elected, they have both been just stalwart in not simply the fight against the cruelty of Donald Trump, but the fight for a bold different vision of what America could be.

  5. Matt Dillon:

    I almost didn't do the film because of that, it wasn't so much the graphic nature of it. For me, the most troubling thing about it was the humiliation, the cruelty, but ... with Lars you have to take the good with the bad.

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