noun, plural bar·bar·i·ties.

  1. brutal or inhuman conduct; cruelty.
  2. an act or instance of cruelty or inhumanity.
  3. crudity of style, taste, expression, etc.

noun plural -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

1560s, “want of civilization,” from Latin barbarus (see barbarian) + -ity. Meaning “savage cruelty” is recorded from 1680s.

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