- deliberate infliction of pain or suffering
- the quality or characteristic of being cruel
- conduct that causes danger to life or limb or a threat to bodily or mental health, on proof of which a decree of divorce may be granted
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cru•el•ty /ˈkruəlti/USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
behavior or action that causes pain to others: [uncountable]cruelty to animals.[countable]His little cruelties toward her showed how jealous he was of her great success.
cru•el•ty (kro̅o̅′əl tē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -ties for 3.
- the state or quality of being cruel.
- cruel disposition or conduct.
- a cruel act.
- Lawmakingconduct by a spouse that causes grievous bodily harm or mental suffering.
- Latin crūdēlitāt- (stem of crūdēlitās). See cruel, -ity
- Anglo-French, Old French
- Middle English cruelte 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged harshness, brutality, ruthlessness, barbarity, inhumanity, atrocity.
- 2, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged kindness.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
cruelty /ˈkruːəltɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
'cruelty' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
-ty - A.S.P.C.A. - Artaud - Caracalla - Messalina - Millett - N.S.P.C.A. - N.S.P.C.C. - NSPCC - Nero - RSPCA - S.P.C.A. - S.P.C.C. - Spanish Inquisition - anger - atrocity - barbarian - barbarity - brainwash - brutality - cannibalism - caprice - cat - cruel - cruelty-free - devilry - fierce - gorge - hate - inhumanity - kindness - mercy - monster - monstrous - oppress - oppression - out-Herod - outrage - pandour - revulsion - rigor - ruth - sadism - self-cruelty - sensibility - she-devil - theater of cruelty - theatre of cruelty - torture - tread