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Webster 1913 Edition


Cruelty

Cru′el-ty

(-ty̆)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Cruelties
(-tĭz)
.
[OF.
cruelté
, F.
cruauté
, fr. L.
crudelitas
, fr.
crudelis
. See
Cruel
.]
1.
The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity.
Pierced through the heart with your stern
cruelty
.
Shakespeare
2.
A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain.
Cruelties
worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition.
Macaulay.

Webster 1828 Edition


Cruelty

CRUELTY

,
Noun.
[L.]
1.
Inhumanity; a savage or barbarous disposition or temper, which is gratified in giving unnecessary pain or distress to others; barbarity; applied to persons; as the cruelty of savages; the cruelty and envy of the people.
2.
Barbarous deed; any act of a human being which inflicts unnecessary pain; any act intended to torment, vex or afflict, or which actually torments or afflicts, without necessity; wrong; injustice; oppression.
With force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. Ezekiel 34.

Definition 2022


cruelty

cruelty

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cruelty (countable and uncountable, plural cruelties)

  1. (uncountable) An indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.
  2. (countable) A cruel act.

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