A cruel act or an instance of cruel behavior
He remembered his cruelty from the night and glanced at the couch.
His memory was long regarded in Saxony with great abhorrence, and stories of cruelty and treachery gathered round his name.
The habits of the military class are the absence of freedom, that is, discipline, idleness, ignorance, cruelty, debauchery, and drunkenness.
Crema yielded after an heroic siege in 1160, and was abandoned to the cruelty of its fierce rival Cremona.
It was a hunting-ground of the West Saxon kings, but, as already stated, was afforested by the Conqueror, whose cruelty in the matter is probably exaggerated by the traditional account.