Pronunciation: (krOO'ul-tē), [key]
—pl. -ties for 3.
1. the state or quality of being cruel.
2. cruel disposition or conduct.
3. a cruel act.
4. Law.conduct by a spouse that causes grievous bodily harm or mental suffering.
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