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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web But many do sincerely support Vladimir Putin’s barbarity against Ukraine, and they should be judged accordingly. Bonnie Morales, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Americans see images of daylight shootouts in public squares or quinceañeras – the kind of barbarity that can seem like a Hollywood production. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2022 Singer had the good sense to leave Poland for New York City in 1935, before Europe’s descent into barbarity and Poland’s dismemberment by Nazi and Soviet occupiers. Benjamin Balint, WSJ, 17 June 2022 This, obviously, is Loznitsa’s point: The rhetoric of war, much like its barbarity, is the same on all sides. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 13 June 2022 Such acts of racial barbarity have not been relegated to America's past, however. Emma Coleman Jordan, CNN, 29 May 2022 But the barbarity of Russia’s concentrated artillery fire has made the second stage far more challenging for many Ukrainians in the trenches. Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 The event would be retold over the years as an archetypal narrative of male supremacy and barbarity and abject female subservience. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 6 May 2022 But the barbarity was too blatant, and witnessed by too many people. Time, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of barbarity

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Barbarity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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