On September 15th, my Ethics class had a discussion about cruelty after reading Phillip Haille's From Cruelty to Goodness.
It was brought up that there was no true antonym defined in a word. In the dictionary, it is kindness, but this simply does not cut it. In fact, in a cruel relationship, kindness can even be worse than the cruelty. It shows the person in the cruel relationship that there is a different way to be treated.
Our assignment that night was to create an original word and definition. The next day, after much deliberation, we decided on leuricy.
The definition being: the utter absence of hurtful and ill intentions, and can be characterized by hospitality and a freedom from a cruel relationship.
Since then, we've created an article on Wikipedia that can be located here
. However, Wikipedia doesn't believe this article is notable enough, so we're working on having an article published in a local newspaper, and we're even in the process of writing to Oprah.
Personally, I believe that this is an incredibly important word to have. Without a true antonym to cruelty, it suggests that there is only cruelty, nothing can end this relationship.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Otherwise, if you could help get the word out, I'd be very grateful!!