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barbarity

[bahr-bar-i-tee] /bɑrˈbær ɪ ti/
noun, plural barbarities.
1.
brutal or inhuman conduct; cruelty.
2.
an act or instance of cruelty or inhumanity.
3.
crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; < Latin barbar(us) (see barbarous) + -ity
Can be confused
barbarism, barbarity.
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  • But, though they might have recourse to barbarity as an expedient, they did not require it as a stimulant.
  • barbarity in history is no excuse for barbarity today.
  • The alleged barbarity of this method of punishment is net a tenable objection.
British Dictionary definitions for barbarity

barbarity

/bɑːˈbærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -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
n.

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

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