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
An Oceanside man accused in a series of escalating attacks on his neighbors’ dogs was ordered Friday to stand trial on animal cruelty and other charges.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society shared the post made by the witness, and now the sheriff's office animal cruelty investigators are involved.
Relive the horror stories, from the cruelty of The Shining to the truly embarrassing Waterworld.
This was explained as a humane intervention to prevent cruelty to animals, but was widely seen as a sop to the BJP’s conservative north Indian Hindu base, which abhors the slaughter of cows.
Ignorance and cruelty are the pre-existing conditions here, and the Republicans are finding out they're not covered for those.
But most of jarring those documenting civil rights and the cruelty stemming from slavery and discrimination come from the artists of color.
CBS Los Angeles reports Todd Kates was arrested Wednesday for cruelty to animals in Thousand Oaks.
A former employee of the now defunct Mobile Zoo was arrested on 13 counts of animal cruelty charges on Wednesday (July 5) morning.
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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
Definition of cruelty for English Language Learners
: a desire to cause others to suffer : the quality or state of being cruel
: actions that cause suffering
: an act or occurrence that causes suffering
CRUELTY Defined for Kids
Definition of cruelty for Students
- a man of cruelty
legal Definition of cruelty
- cruelty to animals
- cruelty to children
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