1. [ noun ] a cruel act; a deliberate infliction of pain and suffering
Synonyms: inhuman_treatment
Related terms: maltreatment atrocity impalement
2. [ noun ] feelings of extreme heartlessness
Synonyms: pitilessness ruthlessness mercilessness
Related terms: heartlessness
3. [ noun ] the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
Synonyms: harshness cruelness
Related terms: malevolence ferociousness murderousness