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Meaning of CRUELTY

Pronunciation:  'krooultee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
  2. [n]  the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
  3. [n]  feelings of extreme heartlessness

CRUELTY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cruelness, harshness, inhuman treatment, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness
 See Also: abuse, atrocity, bloodthirstiness, brutality, coldheartedness, ferociousness, hardheartedness, heartlessness, ill-treatment, ill-usage, impalement, inhumanity, malevolence, malevolency, malice, maltreatment, murderousness, savageness, savagery, viciousness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cru"el*ty\ (-t[y^]), n.; pl. {Cruelties} (-t[i^]z).
[OF. cruelt['e], F. cruaut['e], fr. L. crudelitas, fr.
crudelis. See {Cruel}.]

1. The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to
   give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity;

         Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty.

2. A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of
   willfully causing unnecessary pain.

         Cruelties worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition.


Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: animality, atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, beastliness, bestiality, bloodiness, bloodlust, bloodthirst, bloodthirstiness, bloody-mindedness, brutality, brutalness, brutishness, cannibalism, cruelness, ferociousness, ferocity, fiendishness, fierceness, flintiness, hardness, harshness, heartlessness, inclemency, inexorableness, inhumaneness, inhumanity, mercilessness, pitilessness, relentlessness, remorselessness, ruthlessness, sadism, sadistic cruelty, sanguineousness, savagery, short shrift, tender mercies, truculence, uncompassionateness, unfeelingness, unforgivingness, unmercifulness, unremorsefulness, unsympatheticness, unyieldingness, vandalism, viciousness, violence, wanton cruelty