ETYM Old Fren. cruelté, French cruauté, from Latin crudelitas, from crudelis. Related to Cruel.
1. A cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering; SYN. inhuman treatment.
2. Feelings of extreme heartlessness; SYN. mercilessness, pitilessness, ruthlessness.
3. The quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance; SYN. cruelness, harshness.