Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas
SS: Treatise On Fortitude And Temperance
Q[159] Of Cruelty
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We must now consider cruelty, under which head there are two points of inquiry:

A[1] Whether cruelty is opposed to clemency?

A[2] Of its comparison with savagery or brutality.