• WordNet 3.6
    • n barbarousness the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Barbarousness The quality or state of being barbarous; barbarity; barbarism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barbarousness The state or quality of being barbarous, Rudeness or incivility of manners. Impurity of language.
    • n barbarousness It is much degenerated, as touching the pureness of speech; being overgrown with barbarousness. Brerewood. Cruelty; inhumanity; barbarity.
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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.”


In literature:

The barbarous uncle caused it to be taken up and again exposed, and a watch was set at some little distance.
"A Book of Golden Deeds" by Charlotte M. Yonge
The ordinary mode of punishing the slaves is both cruel and barbarous.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The ordinary mode of punishing the slaves is both cruel and barbarous.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
What a poor piece of barbarity!
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
But there is nothing in the least barbaric or ignorant about intellectual cruelty.
"All Things Considered" by G. K. Chesterton
The poor were sunk in ignorance and barbarism, and the aristocracy was honeycombed by profligacy.
"Collections and Recollections" by George William Erskine Russell
Their population multiplied; their towns spread; their fields were better cultivated; their manners became less barbarous.
"A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI." by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
But this prejudice against color and long ears is now going the way of other barbarisms.
"A Walk from London to John O'Groat's" by Elihu Burritt
There is indeed something very barbarous and inhuman in the ordinary Scriblers of Lampoons.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Barbarism is not at our frontiers, but at our doors.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton

In poetry:

Take, take away thy barbarous hand,
And let me to thy Master speak;
Remit awhile the harsh command,
And hear me, or my heart will break.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe
Indignant sorrow swells our breast;
Before high Heaven a stern protest
We make against that barbarous Power
That conquers only to devour.
"Poland" by Janet Hamilton
O Chivalry! thy age was fair,
When even knaves set out to dare
Their heads for any barbarous crime,
And hate was brave, and love sublime.
"Looking Backward" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Barbarous people! cruel priests!
How they stood round like savage beasts!
Like lions gaping to devour,
When God had left him in their power.
"Psalm 22" by Isaac Watts
There oft a restless Indian queen
(Pale Shebah, with her braided hair)
And many a barbarous form is seen
To chide the man that lingers there.
"The Indian Burying Ground" by Philip Morin Freneau
F was a fussy Flamingo,
Who remarked to his family, "By jingo!
I think I would go
To that animal show,
But they all talk such barbarous lingo."
"An Alphabet Zoo" by Carolyn Wells

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.
Jurors have recommended death Friday Aug 10 for Michael Barbar , the Perris man convicted last month of slaying his wife and her child after paternity tests showed Barbar was not the father of the six-year-old girl.
Fox penners, unable to defend this cruelty through rational dialog, have engaged in a pattern of threats and ad hominem attacks on anyone who dares challenge the ethics of this barbarism .
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.
Bernard-Henri Lévy on the New Barbarism .
The attempted murder of a 14-year-old girl because she campaigned for the right of all Pakistani girls to go to school is extreme even by the Taliban's barbaric, medieval standards.
Vick on the barbaric treatment he inflicted on dogs.