cruel treatment

See: severity
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I mastered the notion of their communism, and approved of their iron money, with the poverty it obliged them to, yet somehow their cruel treatment of the Helots failed to shock me; perhaps I forgave it to their patriotism, as I had to forgive many ugly facts in the history of the Romans to theirs.
"Sir," said Sophia, with a little modest hesitation, "this behaviour is most kind and generous, and such as I could expect only from Mr Allworthy; but as you have been so kind to mention this matter, you will pardon me for saying it hath, indeed, given me great uneasiness, and hath been the occasion of my suffering much cruel treatment from a father who was, till that unhappy affair, the tenderest and fondest of all parents.
I could not make the dog hate me by cruel treatment, and she would not propitiate him by kindness.
But THE GLOBE, a Chicago magazine, gave Martin the most cruel treatment of all.
That master's cruel treatment of his own flesh and blood, and vile designs upon a young girl who interested even his broken- down, drunken, miserable hack, and made him linger in his service, in the hope of doing her some good (as, thank God, he had done others once or twice before), when he would, otherwise, have relieved his feelings by pummelling his master soundly, and then going to the Devil.
On Israel's abusive practices, the statement touched on the detainees cruel treatment, which violates all international norms and conventions that guarantee the protection of these minors, urging to ensure their physical, psychological and educational rights.
Wildlife conservationists say Tikiiri's case is a wake-up call to stop the cruel treatment of elephants in Sri Lanka.
The Jaslyk prison in the north-western part of Uzbekistan is notoriously famous of cruel treatment and use of tortures against prisoners.
The Jaslyk prison was criticized by human rights groups for bad conditions, cruel treatment of prisoners, held for political and religious activities.
Senator Tim Kaine delivered a floor speech pushing for passage of legislation he cosponsored to help put an end to the Trump Administrations cruel treatment of children at the U.S.-Mexico border.
As people of faith, therefore, we are dismayed and angered by this administration's cruel treatment of undocumented immigrants and by its threats to increase deportations and tear apart more families.
People and business community of country had high hopes in this government of relief but unfortunately despite presenting mini budget now by influx of taxes was tantamount to cruel treatment with Pakistan economy, he added.