the state or quality of being cruel.
cruel disposition or conduct.
a cruel act.
Law. conduct by a spouse that causes grievous bodily harm or mental suffering.
Behind any veneer or acts of cruelty, we care for our partners and playmates very deeply and wish them no harm.
The Legal Dangers of Rough Sex Leon Marborough December 12, 2009
You write about war between 8-year-old girls, and their cruelty.
Karl Taro Greenfeld on His Novel “Triburbia,” Con Men, and Literary Success Nick McDonell August 8, 2012
Its power resonates down the decades, a truly remarkable, groundbreaking fantasy, full of cruelty and wonder.
Emma Thompson’s Favorite Movies, From ‘Mary Poppins’ to ‘Life of Brian’ Emma Thompson February 11, 2013
And, yes, I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target.
Jodie Foster Blasts Kristen Stewart–Robert Pattinson Break-Up Spectacle Jodie Foster August 14, 2012
It’s the cruelty that makes for some of Proust’s best comedy.
David’s Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah David Frum September 28, 2012
Such tales of cruelty and savagery were told of them as to be almost incredible.
Ranching, Sport and Travel Thomas Carson
The scene of Turkish cruelty was now transferred to the isle of Crete.
The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
What cruelty is this for thee to mispryse the greatest humility that man can Imagin?
The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
Only, the cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and a pretence of reluctance.
A Treatise on Parents and Children George Bernard Shaw
Our cruelty is a little less apparent, and more respectable.
Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
noun (pl) -ties
deliberate infliction of pain or suffering
the quality or characteristic of being cruel
a cruel action
(law) conduct that causes danger to life or limb or a threat to bodily or mental health, on proof of which a decree of divorce may be granted
early 13c., from Old French crualté (12c., Modern French cruauté), from Latin crudelitatem (nominative crudelitas) “cruelty,” from crudelis (see cruel).
of or relating to or cultivation. adjective of or relating to artistic or social pursuits or events considered to be valuable or enlightened of or relating to a culture or civilization (of certain varieties of plant) obtained by specialized breeding adj. 1868, in reference to the raising of plants or animals, from Latin cultura “tillage” […]
to move one’s feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music. to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy. to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond. to perform or take part in […]
a substance or material applied to a plant, as by spraying, to inhibit moisture loss during transplanting.
the act or process of ; growth; progress: child development; economic development. a significant consequence or event: recent developments in the field of science. a or advanced state or form: Drama reached its highest development in the plays of Shakespeare. Music. the part of a movement or composition in which a theme or themes are […]