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Meaning of cruelty

cru•el•ty

Pronunciation: (kr'ul-tē), [key]
— pl. -ties
  1. the state or quality of being cruel.
  2. cruel disposition or conduct.
  3. a cruel act.
  4. conduct by a spouse that causes grievous bodily harm or mental suffering.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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