Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Savage brutality or cruelty in actions or conduct.
  • n. A cruel or savage act.
  • n. Usage Problem Crudity; coarseness. See Usage Note at barbarism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being barbarous; brutality
  • n. A barbaric act
  • n. crudity
  • n. A crude act

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or manner of a barbarian; lack of civilization.
  • n. Cruelty; ferociousness; inhumanity.
  • n. A barbarous or cruel act.
  • n. Barbarism; impurity of speech.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Brutal or inhuman conduct; barbarousness; savageness; cruelty.
  • n. An act of cruelty or inhumanity; a barbarous deed: as, the barbarities of war or of savage life.
  • n. Barbarism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brutal barbarous savage act
  • n. the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

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Examples

  • “Their barbarity is a genetic thing; they have a biological propensity for violence and bloodshed.

    Athens Petitions PSC to Add Sparta to Entities : Law is Cool

  • In spite of the seemingly inborn germs of ancient and modern Teutonic barbarity, is it ever going to be possible for the nations to settle their disputes otherwise than by the breaking of the universal eternal precept of the decalogue, "Thou shalt not kill."

    The Gospel of Peace

  • One instance of their barbarity is given (v. 21): They gave me gall for my meat (the word signifies a bitter herb, and is often joined with wormwood) and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume III (Job to Song of Solomon)

  • A moderate Catholic who supported Henri IV and shared a spirit of tolerance, he wrote, “Everyone calls barbarity what he is not accustomed to.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • The custom personally affected her for the first time; worse than the barbarity was the indignity.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865

  • I might have known when you came in, like an angel of mercy -- so shocked at the colonel's 'barbarity' -- that the real thing was going to begin!

    The Gadfly

  • The idea is as old as the Temple of Agrigentum in 600 B.C., where the conquered Africans hold up the weight of the building, and recalls the barbarity of the primitive Sagas, which relate how the bleeding heads of enemies themselves were placed around the temples of the Norsemen.

    The Story of Rouen

  • Despite the narratives promoted by them, however, polls suggest that a significant number of Germans are increasingly becoming aware of the moral hollowness of such "unlimited solidarity" and beginning to recognize that barbarity must be called barbarity, no matter who the perpetrators are.

    MRZine.org

  • Currently Obama is fast on track to becoming the second President in US history to approve of torture and the decline of the USA into a state of barbarism is picking up pace as this new administration slowly confirms intent to legitimise the very essence of barbarity, which is torture. newmatilda. com is an independent website of news, analysis and satire.

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  • I knew I was in your debt; but I had nothing to say but what you know better than I; for you read all the French papers, and I read none, as they have long put me out of all patience: and besides, I hear so much of their horrific proceedings, that they quite disturb me, and have given me what I call the French disease; that is, a barbarity that I abhor, for I cannot help wishing destruction to thousands of human creatures whom I never saw.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 4

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