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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cruelty \Cru"el*ty\ (-t[y^]), n.; pl. Cruelties (-t[i^]z). [OF. cruelt['e], F. cruaut['e], fr. L. crudelitas, fr. crudelis. See Cruel.] [1913 Webster] 1. The attribute or quality of being cruel; a disposition to give unnecessary pain or suffering to others; inhumanity; barbarity. [1913 Webster] Pierced through the heart with your stern cruelty. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A cruel and barbarous deed; inhuman treatment; the act of willfully causing unnecessary pain. [1913 Webster] Cruelties worthy of the dungeons of the Inquisition. Macaulay. [1913 Webster]