Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

barbarity

play
noun bar·bar·i·ty \bär-ˈber-ə-tē, -ˈba-rə-\

Simple Definition of barbarity

  • : extreme cruelty : a very cruel and violent quality

  • : a cruel act

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of barbarity

plural barbarities

  1. 1 :  barbarism

  2. 2 a :  barbarous cruelty :  inhumanity b :  an act or instance of such cruelty

Examples of barbarity in a sentence

  1. The barbarity of the attack was horrifying.

  2. The photos vividly capture the war's barbarity.

  3. He is accused of inflicting unimaginable barbarities on his own people.



Circa 1570

First Known Use of barbarity

circa 1570

Rhymes with barbarity



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up barbarity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to work hard

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt oily angry maudlin
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ