barbarity

noun
bar·​bar·​i·​ty | \ bär-ˈber-ə-tē How to pronounce barbarity (audio) , -ˈba-rə-\
plural barbarities

Definition of barbarity

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

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Examples of barbarity in a Sentence

The barbarity of the attack was horrifying. The photos vividly capture the war's barbarity. He is accused of inflicting unimaginable barbarities on his own people.
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The barbarity of the jailers was largely caricature, a suggestion of cruelty rather than something more graphic. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Papillon’ Review: Isolation and Infamy," 23 Aug. 2018 The diary captures the barbarity of the February 1945 Battle of Manila, when Japanese troops slaughtered thousands of civilians. James M. Scott, WSJ, "Five Best: James M. Scott," 8 Nov. 2018 The brutal and sudden death of Saleh in the streets of Sana’a was largely viewed as being something of a mistake by many Yemenis and international observers, illuminating their barbarity. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Houthis explain 'Death to America' slogan, reveal what will bring them to peace talks," 6 Aug. 2018 Lobotomies for ulcerative colitis, and for mental illness, were halted in the late 1950s because of outrage at the barbarity of the procedure and the emergence of new drugs — antipsychotics for mental illness and corticosteroids for colitis. Jim Carrier, STAT, "Lobotomies were once used to treat this gut disease, part of a shameful medical history," 12 June 2018 In the 74 years since the D-Day landings, the barbarity of the épuration sauvage — its violence against women — has often been overlooked. Ann Mah, Time, "This Picture Tells a Tragic Story of What Happened to Women After D-Day," 6 June 2018 In the past two months alone 600,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled their homes in Rakhine state, carrying tales of barbarity into squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh; plumes of smoke mark the villages from which they were chased. The Economist, "BanyanIs the world getting Myanmar wrong?," 26 Oct. 2017 In the past two months alone 600,000 Muslim Rohingyas have fled their homes in Rakhine state, carrying tales of barbarity into squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh The Economist, "BanyanIs the world getting Myanmar wrong?," 26 Oct. 2017 This barrage of barbarity quickly became monotonous. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "‘The Walking Dead’ needs to kill Negan to survive," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of barbarity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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barbarity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barbarity

: extreme cruelty : a very cruel and violent quality
: a cruel act

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