CRUELTY By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 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 APATHY SYNDROME ALGOPSYCHALIA ALPHA ALCOHOLISM PANIC ATTACK CONSERVATION WITHDRAWAL UNPLEASANTNESS CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ACONURESIS EXTRAPYRAMIDAL DYSKINESIA PARALYSIS Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CRUELTY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/cruelty/ (accessed June 19, 2019).