barbarity


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bar·bar·i·ty

 (bär-băr′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. bar·bar·i·ties
1.
a. Savage brutality or cruelty: a dictator whose barbarity was only exceeded by that of his rival.
b. A cruel or savage act.
2. The condition of being uncivilized or uncultured: "All the little decorum and politeness we have ... are so ready to lapse into barbarity" (Jonathan Swift).

barbarity

(bɑːˈbærɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or condition of being barbaric or barbarous
2. a brutal or vicious act
3. a crude or unsophisticated quality, style, expression, etc

bar•bar•i•ty

(bɑrˈbær ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. brutal conduct.
2. an act or instance of cruelty.
3. crudity of style.
[1560–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barbarity - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumanebarbarity - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
2.barbarity - a brutal barbarous savage actbarbarity - a brutal barbarous savage act  
atrocity, inhumanity - an act of atrocious cruelty

barbarity

barbarity

noun
A cruel act or an instance of cruel behavior:
Translations

barbarity

[bɑːˈbærɪtɪ] Nbarbaridad f

barbarity

[bɑːrˈbærɪti] n (= savagery) → barbarie f

barbarity

nBarbarei f; (fig)Primitivität f; (= cruelty: of guard etc) → Grausamkeit f, → Rohheit f; the barbarities of modern warfaredie Barbarei or die Gräuel pldes modernen Krieges

barbarity

[bɑːˈbærɪtɪ] nbarbarie f inv
the barbarities of modern warfare → le atrocità della guerra moderna
References in classic literature ?
At this evidence of Mongolian barbarity the White Christians were so greatly incensed that they carried out their original design.
The French attributed the Fire of Moscow au patriotisme feroce de Rostopchine,* the Russians to the barbarity of the French.
To compleat such unparalelled Barbarity we were informed that an Execution in the House would shortly take place.
I won't have a word said against Lady Barbarity," Lady Grace declared.
I knew that she was fond of me, and now that I had discovered that she hated cruelty and barbarity I was confident that I could depend upon her to aid me and the girl captive to escape, provided of course that such a thing was within the range of possibilities.
But they are such only when they seek to gratify the passion of revenge upon their enemies; and I ask whether the mere eating of human flesh so very far exceeds in barbarity that custom which only a few years since was practised in enlightened England:--a convicted traitor, perhaps a man found guilty of honesty, patriotism, and suchlike heinous crimes, had his head lopped off with a huge axe, his bowels dragged cut and thrown into a fire; while his body, carved into four quarters, was with his head exposed upon pikes, and permitted to rot and fester among the public haunts of men!
Mr Partridge bore all this patiently; but when his wife appealed to the blood on her face, as an evidence of his barbarity, he could not help laying claim to his own blood, for so it really was; as he thought it very unnatural, that this should rise up (as we are taught that of a murdered person often doth) in vengeance against him.
Low sports, such as prizefighting or Spanish bull-fights, are a sign of barbarity.
He seemed to take pleasure in manifesting his fiendish barbarity.
But, in fact, an instance of similar barbarity is to be found nearer home, and occurs in the annals of Queen Mary's time, containing so many other examples of atrocity.
Add to this, the pleasure of seeing the various revolutions of states and empires; the changes in the lower and upper world; ancient cities in ruins, and obscure villages become the seats of kings; famous rivers lessening into shallow brooks; the ocean leaving one coast dry, and overwhelming another; the discovery of many countries yet unknown; barbarity overrunning the politest nations, and the most barbarous become civilized.
The barbarity of this spectacle caused the people to be at once satisfied and dismayed.