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cruelty noun

ADJ. extreme, great an act of extreme cruelty | deliberate | mental | animal, child Cases of child cruelty occur more often than they are observed.

VERB + CRUELTY inflict, show (sb) How can you inflict such cruelty on a child? Her stepmother showed her nothing but cruelty. | suffer The children suffered mental cruelty and neglect.

PREP. ~ to/towards cruelty to animals