- The quality or state of being cruel.
- Actions or conduct that cause pain or suffering to others.
Middle english: from old french crualte, from latin crudelitas, from crudelis "cruel".
- The cruelty of the dictator's regime was well-known.
- He was arrested for cruelty to animals.
- The cruelty she faced as a child still haunts her.
- The cruelty of the war left many people traumatized.
- He was known for his cruelty to his subordinates.