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mental cruelty

noun
1.
behaviour that causes distress to another person but that does not involve physical assault
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  • I cannot understand the mental cruelty which condemns with contempt human creatures who have had no chance—not one single chance.

    A Young Man in a Hurry Robert W. Chambers
Contemporary definitions for mental cruelty
noun

any conduct that causes another mental suffering

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