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Cruelty is pleasure in causing suffering to other living things or even themselves.[1] Sadism can also be related to this as it means someone really enjoying this. Cruel ways of causing suffering may involve violence.

For example, if a person is drowning and begging for help and another person is able to help with no cost or risk, but watches happily.[2] Bertrand Russell said that "the [causing] of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell."[2]


  1. "Definition of CRUEL". Retrieved 2019-03-17.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Cruelty Quotes". BrainyQuote. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
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