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

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

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barbarity (bɑːˈbærɪtɪ)
n , 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 & History

1560s, "want of civilization," from L. barbarus (see barbarian). Meaning "savage cruelty" is recorded from 1680s.
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Example sentences
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.
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