cru‧el‧ty plural cruelties
1 [uncountable and countable]
behaviour or actions that deliberately cause pain to people or animals [≠ kindness]:
The children had suffered cruelty and neglect.
There was a hint of cruelty in Brian's smile.
cruelty to animals
the cruelty of the slave trade
The deliberate cruelty of his words cut her like a knife.
the cruelties of war
the unfairness of something that happens:
the cruelty of life