[ bahr-bar-i-tee ]
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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.

  1. crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.

Origin of barbarity

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

Words that may be confused with barbarity

Words Nearby barbarity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use barbarity in a sentence

  • I could find in the Bible more instances of Jahweh's cruelty and barbarity and lack of mercy than I can find room for.

    God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
  • It is curious that the Indians of the new world, should so very far exceed all the savage tribes of the old in barbarity.

  • It was only Dutch, a foolish charm, a heritage of barbarity and ignorance, but I was too weary to protest.

  • Galerius, an Illyrian herdsman, but exhibited more conspicuously upon the throne of empire the native barbarity of his character.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow

British Dictionary definitions for barbarity


/ (bɑːˈbærɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state or condition of being barbaric or barbarous

  2. a brutal or vicious act

  1. a crude or unsophisticated quality, style, expression, etc

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