Cruelty (noun)

  1. The quality or state of being cruel.
  2. Actions or conduct that cause pain or suffering to others.

Origin:

Middle english: from old french crualte, from latin crudelitas, from crudelis "cruel".

Examples:

  1. The cruelty of the dictator's regime was well-known.
  2. He was arrested for cruelty to animals.
  3. The cruelty she faced as a child still haunts her.
  4. The cruelty of the war left many people traumatized.
  5. He was known for his cruelty to his subordinates.
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