What is cruelty?

  • (noun): A cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering.
    Synonyms: inhuman treatment
    See also — Additional definitions below


Cruelty is indifference to suffering, and even pleasure in inflicting it. If this habit is supported by a legal or social framework, then it receives the name of perversion. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept.

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Some articles on cruelty:

Love's Cruelty
... Love's Cruelty is a Caroline-era stage play, a tragedy written by James Shirley, and first published in 1640 ... Among its other features, Love's Cruelty contains a noteworthy indication of the influence of the masque on the mind of the contemporary audience ... Love's Cruelty was revived early in the Restoration era it was acted at the Red Bull Theatre on Thursday 15 November 1660 ...
The Cruelty Of The Spaniards In Peru - The Music
... The vocal music for The Cruelty has not survived, and the identity of the composers is not known with certainty ... Drake, the Davenant works that preceded and succeeded The Cruelty, and is therefore a logical candidate for The Cruelty also ... Charles Coleman, and Captain Henry Cooke — are natural possibilities for composers for The Cruelty ...
American Anti-Vivisection Society - History
... The group was inspired by Britain's recently passed Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 ... worked with their husbands in the Pennsylvania Society to Prevent Cruelty to Animals (PSPCA), yet felt that their capabilities extended beyond what the PSPCA had to offer and, in ... woman who led the Victoria Street Society and had the Cruelty of Animals Act passed ...
The Four Stages Of Cruelty
... The Four Stages of Cruelty is a series of four printed engravings published by English artist William Hogarth in 1751 ... Beginning with the torture of a dog as a child in the First stage of cruelty, Nero progresses to beating his horse as a man in the Second stage of cruelty, and then to robbery, seduction, and murder in Cruelty in ... Finally, in The reward of cruelty, he receives what Hogarth warns is the inevitable fate of those who start down the path Nero has followed his body is taken from the ...
Cruelty - Usage in Law
... The term cruelty is often used in law and criminology with regard to the treatment of animals, children, spouses, and prisoners ... When cruelty to animals is discussed, it often refers to unnecessary suffering ...

More definitions of "cruelty":

  • (noun): The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance.
    Synonyms: cruelness, harshness

Famous quotes containing the word cruelty:

    Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936)

    If Americans could understand what a painful, searing experience it is when Negro children first begin to realize that the mere color of their skin is to be the source of a lifelong discrimination, it might do more to end our cruelty toward the Negro than all the preaching on justice and equality.
    Agnes E. Meyer (1887–1970)

    To abolish a status, which in all ages God has sanctioned, and man has continued, would not only be robbery to an innumerable class of our fellow-subjects; but it would be extreme cruelty to the African Savages, a portion of whom it saves from massacre, or intolerable bondage in their own country, and introduces into a much happier state of life; especially now when their passage to the West-Indies and their treatment there is humanely regulated.
    James Boswell (1740–1795)