noun (plural cruelties)
- 1Callous indifference to or pleasure in causing pain and suffering: he has treated her with extreme crueltyMore example sentences
- The casual, unthinking cruelty of children is brilliantly evoked here.
- Maybe it was because of casual human cruelty.
- A prince may be ruthless when it is prudent, but wanton cruelty is foolish.
- 1.1Behavior that causes pain or suffering to a person or animal: we can’t stand cruelty to animals the cruelties of forced assimilation and genocideMore example sentences
- And the British middle and upper classes have perfected lethal cruelties for humiliating those who rise from below them.
- But today's children are in no mood to suffer that cruelty in silence.
- Harvey is at his best attacking Western intellectuals who supported communism without ever having to suffer its cruelties.
- 1.2 Law Behavior that causes physical or mental harm to another, especially a spouse, whether intentionally or not.More example sentences
- The jury was told that he had been convicted of grievous bodily harm and child cruelty against a girl in Essex in April 1998.
- Her evidence was led in support of three so called specimen counts of rape, six of indecent assault and one of cruelty.
- He pleaded not guilty to cruelty and claimed he had entrusted the puppies to a man called Phil.
Middle English: from Old French crualte, based on Latin crudelitas, from crudelis (see cruel).