• WordNet 3.6
    • n barbarity a brutal barbarous savage act
    • n barbarity the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbarity A barbarous or cruel act.
    • Barbarity Barbarism; impurity of speech.
    • Barbarity Cruelty; ferociousness; inhumanity. "Treating Christians with a barbarity which would have shocked the very Moslem."
    • Barbarity The state or manner of a barbarian; lack of civilization.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barbarity Brutal or inhuman conduct; barbarousness; savageness; cruelty.
    • n barbarity An act of cruelty or inhumanity; a barbarous deed: as, the barbarities of war or of savage life.
    • n barbarity Barbarism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Barbarity savageness: cruelty
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  • Georges Clemenceau
    “America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.”
  • David Hare
    “The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.”
  • Amerigo Vespucci
    Amerigo Vespucci
    “The manner of their living is very barbarous, because they do not eat at fixed times, but as often as they please.”
  • George Santayana
    “Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Barbarous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. barbaros, foreign, lit. stammering, from the unfamiliar sound of foreign tongues.


In literature:

It is a refiner, a cultivator, a subduer of coarseness, barbarity, rudeness.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Greatly protracted life, in savagery and barbarism, is not a boon to be craved.
"Sketch of the Mythology of the North American Indians" by John Wesley Powell
Is it not possible that some of the customs I have mentioned, though barbarous and debased, may have been derived from ancient tradition?
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
They were demon and snake worshippers, and very barbarous.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
It may be described as a monstrous blot of barbarism hanging on the skirts of civilisation.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
Barbarism is ever impending over the civilized world.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
It is not barbaric; it is rather Platonic.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
The natives of Guatemala, a country of America, were used with great barbarity.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The second offense against good use, a barbarism, is a word not in reputable, present or national use.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
The system was too barbarous to continue.
"History of the United States, Volume 5" by E. Benjamin Andrews

In poetry:

The pride of luxury's barbaric pomp,
In the rich court of royal Solomon —
Alas! we wake: one scene alone remains, —
The exiles by the streams of Babylon.
"In the Jewish Synagogue at Newport" by Emma Lazarus
Dreams of beauty, youthful joy
like a breath in pure harmony
with the depth of your young surface
where sparkles the longing for the night
for blood and barbarity
"In Secret We Thirst" by Hermann Hesse
With these are lemons that are even more
Golden than they, and which adorn our Rhyme,
As did rough pendants of barbaric ore
Some pillared temple of the olden time.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
Let the flash of fierce triumph illumine that eye,
That can spurn at the dying or dead,
But far be from **** the barbarous joy
To exult o'er the wretch she has made.
"In Answer" by Charlotte Dacre
Colossal palaces crowned every height;
Towers from valleys climbed into the light;
O'er dwellings at their feet, great golden domes
Hung in the blue, barbarically bright.
"The Passing Show" by Ambrose Bierce
But as they went to crucify the Lord,
His hands and feet they barbarously bor'd,
And fasten'd each (a shocking sight to see!)
With three strong nails of iron, to the tree.
"The Life And Death Of Christ" by Rees Prichard

In news:

A Bahraini man gestures from behind a car in Barbar, Bahrain, on Friday, Nov 9, 2012, that residents said was damaged when it was hit by tear gas canisters fired by riot police.
Colleagues Call British Aid Worker's Murder in Pakistan "Senseless and Barbaric ".
Flynn calls looting, beatings in Riverwest barbaric .
Blair Calls Apparent Attacks ' Barbaric '.
A-bombs were not ' barbaric acts'.
Girl's shooting shows Taliban's barbarism .
Stop Syria's Descent into Barbarism .
Well, the tribe of barbarism doesn't get to lecture the tribe of liberty about what freedom means.
Because the moral superiority of liberty is irrefutable, totalitarians often feel the need to wrap barbarism in the language of freedom.
Barbarism leads to social degeneration.
Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old NYPD officer, was arrested and accused of a gruesome and barbaric plot.
Jonathan Goodluck condemns "barbaric" attack.
Scanning the ground beef with your tricorder and mumbling "Oh, how barbaric".
Stop Syria's Descent into Barbarism.
Vick on the barbaric treatment he inflicted on dogs.