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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cru·el·ty /ˈkru(ə)lti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cru·el·ty n.; pl. Cruelties
 1. The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity.
    Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty.   --Shak.
 2. A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain.
    Cruelties worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
           [syn: inhuman treatment]
      2: feelings of extreme heartlessness [syn: mercilessness, pitilessness,
      3: the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
         [syn: cruelness, harshness]