Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the law of divorce. The infliction of grievous bodily harm or grievous mental suffering. Civ. Code Cal. 1903, ยง 94. Either personal violence or the reasonable apprehension thereof, or a systematic course of lil treatment affecting health and endangering life. Morris v. Morris, 14 Cal. 79, 73 Am. Dee, 615; Harratt v. Harratt, 7 N. H. 198, 26 Arn. Dec. 730; Carpenter v. Carpenter, 30 Kan. 712, 2 Pac. 122, 46 Am. Rep. 108. Any conduct constituting aggravated or inhuman lll-treat-ment, having regard to the physical and temperamental constitution of the parties and all the surrounding circumstances. Donald v. Donald, 21 Fla. 573; Blain v. Biain, 45 Vt. 544; Poor v. Poor, 8 N. H. 315, 29 Am. Dec. 664.