ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-cruelty (audio)
: opposing, prohibiting, or punishing cruelty and especially the cruel treatment of animals
anti-cruelty legislation against dog fighting

Examples of anti-cruelty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a first-of-its-kind anti-cruelty measure, the city of West Hollywood this week banned the sale and use of rodent glue traps. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-cruelty was in 1843

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“Anti-cruelty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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