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.
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]