Cruelty

  • 1 cruelty — cru·el·ty n pl ties 1 a: an intentional or criminally negligent act that causes pain and suffering cruelty to animals cruelty to children b: mistreatment or neglect that causes pain and suffering compare abuse …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 cruelty — early 13c., from O.Fr. crualté (12c., Mod.Fr. cruauté), from L. crudelitatem (nom. crudelitas) cruelty, from crudelis (see CRUEL (Cf. cruel)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 cruelty — [n] brutality, harshness animality, barbarism, barbarity, bestiality, bloodthirstiness, brutishness, callousness, coarseness, coldness, depravity, despotism, ferocity, fiendishness, fierceness, hard heartedness, heartlessness, inhumanity,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 cruelty — ► NOUN (pl. cruelties) ▪ cruel behaviour or attitudes …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 cruelty — [kro͞o′əltē] n. [ME cruelte < OFr < L crudelitas < CRUEL] 1. the quality or condition of being cruel; inhumanity; hardheartedness 2. pl. cruelties a cruel action, remark, etc. 3. Law willful infliction of physical pain or suffering upon… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 cruelty — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ extreme, great ▪ an act of extreme cruelty ▪ deliberate (esp. BrE) ▪ casual ▪ mental …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 8 cruelty — n. 1) to demonstrate, display cruelty 2) consummate, deliberate, wanton cruelty 3) mental cruelty 4) cruelty to, towards (cruelty to animals) * * * [ kruːəltɪ] deliberate displaycruelty wanton cruelty towards (cruelty to animals) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 9 cruelty — cru|el|ty [ˈkru:əlti] n plural cruelties 1.) [U and C] behaviour or actions that deliberately cause pain to people or animals ≠ ↑kindness ▪ The children had suffered cruelty and neglect. ▪ There was a hint of cruelty in Brian s smile. cruelty to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 cruelty */ — UK [ˈkruːəltɪ] / US [ˈkruəltɪ] noun Word forms cruelty : singular cruelty plural cruelties 1) [countable/uncountable] behaviour that deliberately causes pain to other people or animals, or that makes them unhappy or upset She was shocked by the… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 cruelty — The intentional and malicious infliction of physical or mental suffering upon living creatures, particularly human beings; or, as applied to the latter, the wanton, malicious, and unnecessary infliction of pain upon the body, or the feelings and… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 12 Cruelty — Cruel redirects here. For other uses, see Cruel (disambiguation). Cruelty can be described as indifference to suffering, and even positive pleasure in inflicting it. If this is supported by a legal or social framework, then receives the name of… …

    Wikipedia

  • 13 cruelty — cru|el|ty [ kruəlti ] noun * 1. ) count or uncount behavior that deliberately causes pain to other people or animals, or makes them unhappy or upset: She was shocked by the cruelty of his words. He is still haunted by the cruelties he witnessed… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 cruelty — noun 1 (U) a willingness or desire to make people or animals suffer: There was a hint of cruelty in Brian s smile. 2 (U) behaviour that deliberately causes pain to people or animals: The children had suffered cruelty and neglect. (+ to): cruelty… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 cruelty — Synonyms and related words: animality, atrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, beastliness, bestiality, bloodiness, bloodlust, bloodthirst, bloodthirstiness, bloody mindedness, brutality, brutalness, brutishness, cannibalism, cruelness …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 cruelty — [[t]kru͟ːəlti[/t]] cruelties N VAR: usu with supp, oft N to n Cruelty is behaviour that deliberately causes pain or distress to people or animals. Britain had laws against cruelty to animals but none to protect children... He had been unable to… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 cruelty — The infliction of physical or mental pain or distress. As a ground for divorce, cruelty means physical violence intentionally inflicted, threats of physical violence, or wilfully causing mental distress, which renders it impossible for the… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 18 cruelty — noun he treated her with cruelty Syn: brutality, savagery, inhumanity, barbarity, barbarousness, brutishness, sadism, bloodthirstiness, viciousness, wickedness; lack of compassion, callousness, ruthlessness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 cruelty — [ˈkruːəlti] noun [C/U] cruel behaviour cruelty to children/animals[/ex] the cruelties he witnessed during the war[/ex] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 20 cruelty — n. (pl. ies) 1 a cruel act or attitude; indifference to another s suffering. 2 a succession of cruel acts; a continued cruel attitude (suffered much cruelty). 3 Law physical or mental harm inflicted (whether or not intentional), esp. as a ground… …

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