N-VAR (disapproval)
If you refer to someone's behaviour as barbarity, you strongly disapprove of it because you think that it is extremely cruel.

Rebellions were put down with appalling barbarity.

...the barbarity of war.


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  • barbarity — [bär ber′ə tē] n. pl. barbarities 1. cruel or brutal behavior; inhumanity 2. a cruel or brutal act 3. a crude or coarse taste, manner, form, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • barbarity — [bɑː bærɪtɪ] display barbarity unmitigated utter barbarity outright to demonstrate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • barbarity — bar|bar|i|ty [ba:ˈbærıti US ba:r ] n plural barbarities [U and C] a very cruel act ▪ the medieval barbarity of putting people in prison for debt …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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