Definitions of "cruelty"
  1. An action carried out purposely or due to severe negligence which leads to distress and agony
  2. The process of treating someone badly or ignoring their needs that ultimately results in distress and pain
  3. Behavior from one partner in a marriage that puts the other's well-being at risk or instigates emotional distress or fear
How to use "cruelty" in a sentence
  1. The court could not ignore the evidence of cruelty in the dog fighting ring.
  2. Due to the extensive evidence of cruelty in the relationship, the partner pleaded for a divorce.
  3. The orphanage was closed by the state for instances of cruelty towards the children under its care.

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