CRUELTY By N., Sam M.S. - 24 noun. Detachment from or voluntary impression of damage, pain, sadness, or other kinds of tangible, mental, and emotional hardship. CRUELTY: "The level of cruelty with which the woman treated her children was unbearable to watch." Related Psychology Terms CHILD PSYCHIATRY PAIN DRIVE FAMILY CARE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY CHILD ABUSE (The Battered-Child Syndrome) MENTAL RETARDATION (PREVENTION, CARE, AND TREATMENT) Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development Collectivist and Individualist Cultures A Comparison of Maternal and Paternal Filicide NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "CRUELTY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cruelty/ (accessed October 5, 2022).