cruelty

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Borrowing from Old French crualté (French cruauté).

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cruelty ‎(countable and uncountable, plural cruelties)

  1. (uncountable) An indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.
  2. (countable) A cruel act.

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