Cruelty Cru"el*ty (-t[y^]), n.; pl. {Cruelties} (-t[i^]z). [OF. cruelt['e], F. cruaut['e], fr. L. crudelitas, fr. crudelis. See {Cruel}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity. [1913 Webster]

Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain. [1913 Webster]

Cruelties worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition.

Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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