Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French cruauté, from cruel. Doublet of crudelite and equivalent to cruel +‎ -te.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkriu̯ɛlteː/, /ˈkriu̯alteː/, /ˈkriu̯əlteː/

NounEdit

cruelte (plural crueltes)

  1. The state of being cruel; cruelness, cruelty, ruthlessness.
  2. Viciousness, ferociousness; the state of being fierce.
  3. (rare) Strictness, unforgivingness.
  4. (rare) Injuriousness, painfulness.

Usage notesEdit

This word, as in modern English, is more common than its synonym cruelnesse.

DescendantsEdit

  • English: cruelty
  • Scots: cruelty

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