English - Vietnamese Dictionary
cruelty /'kruəlti/Concise Dictionary
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cruelties'kruːəltɪAdvanced English Dictionary
+a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
+feelings of extreme heartlessness
+the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
+ noun (plural cruelties)Collocation Dictionary
1 [U] (to sb/sth) behaviour that causes pain or suffering to others, especially deliberately: cruelty to animals + The deliberate cruelty of his words cut her like a knife.
2 [C, usually pl.] a cruel action: Frightening cruelties were inflicted on child factory workers well into the 19th century.
3 [C, U] something that happens that seems unfair: the cruelties of life
an act of extreme cruelty
| deliberate | mental | animal, child
Cases of child cruelty occur more often than they are observed.
VERB + CRUELTY
inflict, show (sb)
How can you inflict such cruelty on a child? Her stepmother showed her nothing but cruelty.
The children suffered mental cruelty and neglect.
cruelty to animals
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