barbarity

noun
bar·bar·i·ty | \ bär-ˈber-ə-tē , -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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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 The methods employed under Rossomanno’s supervision (and often under his watchful eye) only serve to inflame and anger people who are already upset with the barbarity of police tactics. Michael Harriot, The Root, "There’s a Cop Who Calls Himself the ‘Riot King’ of St. Louis and His Behavior Is Scarier Than His Name," 19 Oct. 2017 Just two weeks after the march, on September 15, white folk answered back with unimaginable barbarity. Time, Time, "James Baldwin and the Ugly Moral Problem in America's Heart," 27 Aug. 2017 Although there are scenes of shocking cruelty, mostly involving Law’s character, Ritchie always pulls his camera away at the bloodiest moments, rending the PG-13 barbarity more theoretical. Michael O'sullivan, The Denver Post, "“King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” hits the reset button on the Arthurian legend," 12 May 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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