Meaning of “cruelty” in the English Dictionary

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"cruelty" in British English

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crueltynoun [ U or C ]

uk /ˈkruː.əl.ti/ us /ˈkruː.əl.t̬i/

B2 cruel behaviour or a cruel action:

The farmer was accused of cruelty to animals.

More examples

  • The slaves were treated with sickening cruelty.
  • I find any cruelty to children utterly repellent.
  • She divorced her husband on the grounds of mental cruelty.
  • The cruelty displayed by these torturers is hard to comprehend.
  • This arrogant and evil character used cruelty and fear to control his whole family.

(Definition of “cruelty” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)