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Definition of cruelty noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈkrulti//
    (pl. cruelties)
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  1. 1[uncountable] cruelty (to somebody/something) behavior that causes pain or suffering to others, especially deliberately cruelty to animals The deliberate cruelty of his words cut her like a knife. opposite kindness
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] a cruel action Frightening cruelties were inflicted on child factory workers well into the 19th century.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] something that happens that seems unfair the cruelties of life
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