Part of speech: noun

A cruel disposition or act; inhumanity.

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Usage examples "cruelty":

  1. Reflections on cruelty to animals. - "The Emigrant Mechanic and Other Tales In Verse Together With Numerous Songs Upon Canadian Subjects", Thomas Cowherd.
  2. Jeffreys, in the Tower, protested that, in his utmost cruelty, he had not gone beyond his master's express orders, nay, that he had fallen short of them. - "The History of England from the Accession of James II. Volume 1 (of 5)", Thomas Babington Macaulay.
  3. It has always seemed to me the place where some native evil and cruelty in your blood worked out its will. - "The Weavers, Complete", Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009.