Examples of cruelty in a Sentence
a dictator known for his cruelty
The cruelty of children can be surprising.
They protested against cruelty to animals.
Recent Examples of cruelty from the Web
Their rescue resulted from a settlement of a lawsuit filed in August by two N.C. residents who contended the roadside zoo’s treatment of the bears violated North Carolina’s anti-cruelty statute.
But just days before that Florida event, Huber had been charged with eight counts of animal cruelty in Pennsylvania.
This is the second high-profile case of animal cruelty in South Florida in recent months..
The forensic head nurse charged with eight felony counts of cruelty in the patient-abuse scandal at Whiting psychiatric hospital has filed for retirement and can still receive a pension even if he is convicted.
Charged: Mario Hernandez, 31, an assistant supervisor, arrested on a third-degree felony charge of animal cruelty.
Tenfold Tucked away in a sculpture garden, this full-service beauty salon specializes in natural, formaldehyde-free, cruelty-free products.
Janet Manfredo, 59, was arrested on charges of animal cruelty Tuesday.
Donald Yearwood pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges over a violent eruption on the evening of Nov. 9, 2016.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cruelty.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of cruelty
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsatrociousness, atrocity, barbarity, barbarousness, brutality, cruelness, fiendishness, heartlessness, inhumanity, inhumanness, sadism, savageness, savagery, truculence, viciousness, wantonness
Antonymsbenignity, compassion, good-heartedness, humaneness, humanity, kindheartedness, kindness, sympathy, tenderheartedness
Related Wordshard-heartedness, mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness, unfeelingness; fellness, ferociousness, ferocity, fierceness, grimness; bloodlust, bloodthirstiness, murderousness, sanguineness, sanguinity; cattiness, despitefulness, hatefulness, malevolence, maliciousness, malignity, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness; hardhandedness, harshness, heavy-handedness, oppressiveness
Near Antonymstenderness, warmheartedness, warmness, warmth; charitableness, clemency, leniency, mercifulness, mercy, pity
CRUELTY Defined for English Language Learners
CRUELTY Defined for Kids
legal Definition of cruelty
- cruelty to animals
- cruelty to children
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up cruelty? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).