ADJ. extreme, great 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. | suffer The children suffered mental cruelty and neglect.
PREP. ~ to/towards cruelty to animals