Definition of barbarity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bɑːˈbærəti//
; NAmE NAmE//bɑːrˈbærəti//
(pl. barbarities) [uncountable, countable]
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behaviour that deliberately causes extreme pain or suffering to others The barbarity of the old regime was eventually exposed. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from Latin barbarus from Greek barbaros ‘foreign’ + -ity.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: barbarity