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noun cruelty pronunciation in British English /ˈkruːəlti/
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singularcruelty
pluralcruelties
  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

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