from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being cruel.
- n. Something, such as a cruel act or remark, that causes pain or suffering.
- n. Law The infliction of physical or mental distress, especially when considered a determinant in granting a divorce.
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- n. an indifference to suffering or positive pleasure in inflicting suffering.
- n. a cruel act
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity.
- n. A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being cruel; the disposition to inflict suffering, physical or mental; indifference to or pleasure in the pain or distress of others; inhumanity.
- n. A cruel act; a barbarous deed; specifically, in law, an act inflicting severe pain and done with wilfulness and malice.
- n. . Harshness or strength of physical impression; strength as of a smell.
- n. Synonyms Inhumanity, barbarity, savageness, ferocity, brutality.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
- n. feelings of extreme heartlessness
- n. the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
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