Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "cruelty" []

  • The quality or condition of being cruel. (noun)
  • Something, such as a cruel act or remark, that causes pain or suffering. (noun)
  • Law The infliction of physical or mental distress, especially when considered a determinant in granting a divorce. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cruelty" in a sentence
  • "It's the lives ruined through blunders -- it's the cruelty -- the needless _cruelty_ of it all. ""
  • "This cruelty is a dead give-away of who these people really are."
  • "Before posting I asked several readers if I was going overboard with the word "cruelty.""