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
McCullough was indicted in March under Ohio's Goddard's Law which makes cruelty against an animal a felony.
There’s a certain cruelty in pitting an unfamiliar team against the Spurs in their season opener, regardless of whether Kawhi Leonard is in uniform.
The Sheriff’s Office said Byrne's criminal history includes five felony and 10 misdemeanor charges, including cruelty to animals, drug possession and a probation violation.
The animal care and cruelty provisions are part of the borough's animal care and regulation code that also categorizes sled dogs as livestock.
Exit Strategy A combination of self-assurance and utter ignorance is a defining trait of this White House, along with cocky vulgarity and casual cruelty.
Veronica Green Posey, 64, has been charged with cruelty towards and child and homicide in the death of her 9-year-old cousin, Dericka Lindsay, according to an arrest report from the Escambia County Sheriff.
In addition to offering a monthly shipment of a new designer fragrance, the company now sells cruelty-free hand creams as well, in intoxicating scents like Rose
We must never get used to or dumb down this savage cruelty.
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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
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legal Definition of cruelty
- cruelty to animals
- cruelty to children
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