UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈkruːəlti/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈkruəlti/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(kro̅o̅əl tē)

Inflections of 'cruelty' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": cruelties

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
cru•el•ty /ˈkruəlti/USA pronunciation  n., pl.  -ties. 
  • 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.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    cru•el•ty  (kro̅o̅əl tē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -ties  for 3.
    1. the state or quality of being cruel.
    2. cruel disposition or conduct.
    3. a cruel act.
    4. 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)
    1. deliberate infliction of pain or suffering
    2. the quality or characteristic of being cruel
    3. 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
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