noun, plural bar·bar·i·ties.

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

Nearby words

  1. barbarelli, giorgio,
  2. barbarian,
  3. barbarianize,
  4. barbaric,
  5. barbarism,
  6. barbarize,
  7. barbarossa,
  8. barbarossa i,
  9. barbarossa ii,
  10. barbarossa, frederick

Origin of barbarity

1560–70; < Latin barbar(us) (see barbarous) + -ity

Can be confusedbarbarism barbarity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for barbarity


noun plural -ties

the state or condition of being barbaric or barbarous
a brutal or vicious act
a crude or unsophisticated quality, style, expression, etc
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Word Origin and History for barbarity



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

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