noun, plural cru·el·ties for 3.
- cruel and unusual punishment,
- cruel to be kind,
- cruikshank, george
Origin of cruelty
Examples from the Web for cruelty
Another American officer, Capt. Edwin Glenn, was convicted of cruelty in a non-fatal turn-of-the-century case in the Philippines.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built|Michael Daly|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So, in the midst of all this chaos and cruelty to one another, what difference does having faith make?
He also had a reputation for cruelty in a particularly cruel conflict.Afghan Taliban Say they Won Big with Bergdahl Swap|Sami Yousafzai|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But here's the thing: despite all its darkness and cruelty, the show ultimately doesn't tolerate c--ts.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding|Andrew Romano|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later she would boast crudely that he was ‘big where it mattered’, but there was also a streak of cruelty in his lovemaking.Tallulah Bankhead: Gay, Drunk and Liberated in an Era of Excess Art|Judith Mackrell|January 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To him Davout was not merely a French general, but a man notorious for his cruelty.War and Peace|Leo Tolstoy
Religion should never be associated in the mind of a child with injustice, cruelty, or any meanness.Dickens As an Educator|James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes
If Alexander exceeded Achilles in cruelty, may not many go beyond Lovelace in that, as well as in debauchery?
It was the fashion of the day, to admit every rumour of his cruelty.
Firstly, we find her as the beautiful and accomplished daughter of the witch, playing the part of a Medea, without her cruelty.Kalevala, Volume I (of 2)|Anonymous
noun plural -ties
early 13c., from Old French crualté (12c., Modern French cruauté), from Latin crudelitatem (nominative crudelitas) "cruelty," from crudelis (see cruel).