What is cruelty?


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 ...
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 ...
American Anti-Vivisection Society - History
... The group was inspired by Britain's recently passed Cruelty to Animals Act 1876 ... Lowell – 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ...
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 ... Henry Cooke — are natural possibilities for composers for The Cruelty ...

More definitions of "cruelty":

  • (noun): The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance.
    Synonyms: cruelness, harshness
  • (noun): A cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering.
    Synonyms: inhuman treatment

Famous quotes containing the word cruelty:

    Ever more blood, ever more torments! My cruelty is exhausted and yet cannot stop; I want to be feared, but I only provoke.
    Pierre Corneille (1606–1684)

    It was mankind that hung on the cross for two thousand years: and a terrible god practiced his cruelty and called it “love.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
    James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)