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noun, plural bar·bar·i·ties.
  1. brutal or inhuman conduct; cruelty.
  2. an act or instance of cruelty or inhumanity.
  3. crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.
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Origin of barbarity

1560–70; < Latin barbar(us) (see barbarous) + -ity
Can be confusedbarbarism barbarity
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noun plural -ties
  1. the state or condition of being barbaric or barbarous
  2. a brutal or vicious act
  3. 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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