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synonyms for cruelty

  • barbarism
  • barbarity
  • inhumanity
  • malice
  • persecution
  • savagery
  • torture
  • animality
  • bestiality
  • bloodthirstiness
  • callousness
  • coarseness
  • coldness
  • depravity
  • despotism
  • ferocity
  • fierceness
  • heartlessness
  • insensibility
  • insensitiveness
  • malignity
  • masochism
  • mercilessness
  • murderousness
  • rancor
  • ruthlessness
  • sadism
  • savageness
  • severity
  • spite
  • spitefulness
  • truculence
  • unfeelingness
  • unkindness
  • venom
  • viciousness
  • wickedness
  • brutishness
  • fiendishness
  • hard-heartedness

antonyms for cruelty

MOST RELEVANT
  • kindness
  • love
  • charity
  • compassion
  • consideration
  • feeling
  • gentility
  • mercy
  • niceness
  • thoughtfulness
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How to use cruelty in a sentence

Her pulse was beneath his fingers, and with every stroke of it he felt more keenly the mystery and cruelty of life.
BELLA DONNAROBERT HICHENS
Say that my anger has no bounds—that my heart is breaking—will break and kill me, if he persists in his ingratitude and cruelty.
BLACKWOOD'S EDINBURGH MAGAZINE, NO. CCCXXXIX. JANUARY, 1844. VOL. LV.VARIOUS
I could find in the Bible more instances of Jahweh's cruelty and barbarity and lack of mercy than I can find room for.
GOD AND MY NEIGHBOURROBERT BLATCHFORD
He loathed himself for submitting to her cruelty, for it was intentional cruelty—she made him writhe and suffer of set purpose.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
The cruelty hidden in the beautiful lines of his mouth took instant prominence in the smile that flickered round it.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
But when frightened he could be cruelty itself, as is shown in his terrible decrees against the Spanish guerillas.
NAPOLEON'S MARSHALSR. P. DUNN-PATTISON
Nevertheless, if his cruelty bears no relation to her wrongful beginnings, she still has good ground for separation.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
If she has justly provoked the indignation of her husband, then his cruelty presents a different aspect.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
Cruelty is another cause, almost as general, though more difficult to define.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
Actual violence is not necessary to constitute cruelty, threats of violence with an intention to do bodily harm will suffice.
PUTNAM'S HANDY LAW BOOK FOR THE LAYMANALBERT SIDNEY BOLLES
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO CRUELTY

  • atrocity
  • barbarity
  • brutality
  • catachresis
  • coarseness
  • corruption
  • cruelty
  • impropriety
  • inhumanity
  • localism
  • malapropism
  • misusage
  • misuse
  • primitive culture
  • provincialism
  • solecism
  • uncivilizedness
  • vernacularism
  • vernacularity
  • vulgarism
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.