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noun     cruelty pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] behaviour that deliberately causes pain to other people or animals, or that makes them unhappy or upset

    She was shocked by the cruelty of his words.

    He is still haunted by the cruelties he witnessed during the war.

    mental/emotional cruelty:

    She divorced him on the grounds of mental cruelty.

    cruelty to:

    cruelty to children/animals

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the fact of an event or situation being unfair and causing suffering to people

    the cruelty of her untimely death



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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