barbarity

[ bahr-bar-i-tee ]
/ bɑrˈbær ɪ ti /

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.

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Origin of barbarity

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH barbarity

barbarism, barbarity
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British Dictionary definitions for barbarity

barbarity
/ (bɑːˈbærɪtɪ) /

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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