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cruelty

[kroo-uhl-tee]
noun, plural cruelties for 3.
1.
the state or quality of being cruel.
2.
cruel disposition or conduct.
3.
a cruel act.
4.
Law. conduct by a spouse that causes grievous bodily harm or mental suffering.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English cruelte < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin crūdēlitāt- (stem of crūdēlitās). See cruel, -ity

anticruelty, adjective
self-cruelty, noun, plural self-cruelties.


1. harshness, brutality, ruthlessness, barbarity, inhumanity, atrocity.


2, 3. kindness.
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cruelty (ˈkruːəltɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  deliberate infliction of pain or suffering
2.  the quality or characteristic of being cruel
3.  a cruel action
4.  law conduct that causes danger to life or limb or a threat to bodily or mental health, on proof of which a decree of divorce may be granted

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cruelty
early 13c., from O.Fr. crualté, from V.L. *crudalitatem, from L. crudelem (see cruel).
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