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brutal or inhuman conduct; cruelty.
an act or instance of cruelty or inhumanity.
crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.
Contemporary Examples

The two Chechen wars, fought in 1994-96 and 1999-2000, were almost unparalleled in their barbarity in the postwar era.
Women Who Blow Themselves Up David Satter March 29, 2010

As they now live out their wildest dreams, their barbarity has cost the U.S. far more.
The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built Michael Daly December 11, 2014

Historical Examples

In other countries, it has been my lot to see those unfortunate people treated with barbarity—even by my own countrymen.
A Five Years’ Residence in Buenos Ayres George Thomas Love

But, unhappily, these deeds of barbarity were not left to the vengeance of the law.
The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2) John West

So that the young Hectors not only cultivated habits of barbarity, but also linked themselves with blasphemy.
Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England Richard Valpy French

It is probable that each side matched the other in barbarity.
Washington and his Comrades in Arms George Wrong

Their very children are not exempted from these acts of barbarity.
Perils and Captivity Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard

It is only a few years since the Russians emerged from a state of barbarity.
Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World Anonymous

If John Clarke could stand idle and see this barbarity, he must have been a fiend in human form.
The Command in the Battle of Bunker Hill Richard Frothingham

Because a wise King mistook me, and treated me with barbarity.
The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck Baron Trenck

noun (pl) -ties
the state or condition of being barbaric or barbarous
a brutal or vicious act
a crude or unsophisticated quality, style, expression, etc

1560s, “want of civilization,” from Latin barbarus (see barbarian) + -ity. Meaning “savage cruelty” is recorded from 1680s.


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