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Cruel, selfish and unkind behaviour or actions

cruelty

noun

behaviour that deliberately causes pain to other people or animals, or that makes them unhappy or upset

evil

noun

very bad or cruel behaviour

abuse

noun

cruel, violent, or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it

inhumanity

noun

extremely cruel behaviour or actions

brutalities

noun

cruel and violent actions or events

savagery

noun

behaviour that is cruel and violent

barbarism

noun

extremely violent and cruel behaviour

atrocity

noun

a cruel and violent act, often in a war

maltreatment

noun

violent or cruel behaviour towards a person or animal

bullying

noun

behaviour that frightens or hurts someone smaller or weaker

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