the quality of being cruel and causing tension or annoyance
Syn: ↑cruelty, ↑harshness
Derivationally related forms: ↑harsh (for: ↑harshness), ↑cruel
Hypernyms: ↑malevolence, ↑malevolency, ↑malice
Hyponyms: ↑ferociousness, ↑brutality, ↑viciousness, ↑savagery, ↑murderousness

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