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

: extreme cruelty : a very cruel and violent quality

: a cruel act

plural bar·bar·i·ties

Full Definition of BARBARITY

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

Examples of BARBARITY

  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.

First Known Use of BARBARITY

circa 1570

Rhymes with BARBARITY


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