barbarity barbarity  /bɑr ˈbæ rə ti/


  1. (n) the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
  2. (n) a brutal barbarous savage act


  1. In closing arguments, federal prosecutor Brian Skaret focused on the barbarity of the acts.
  2. The resilience of the Chechen insurgency and the increasing barbarity of its actions put Putin in something of a bind.
  3. French officials distributed chocolate and coffee, a small gesture of humanity in a sea of barbarity.


  • Theater review: 'We Are Proud to Present' and a time of genocide

    In Jackie Sibblies Drury's play at the Matrix Theatre Company, the depiction of a tragic period in African history is at issue. Theodor Adorno's oft-quoted, much misunderstood remark, "It is barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz," raises questions about the ability of artists to represent the Holocaust. How can the cultural tools that were complicit in genocide comment on its barbarity?        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "There is this belief that all those other worlds are only being temporarily prevented by wicked governments or by heavy crises or by their own barbarity or incomprehension from taking the way of Western pluralistic democracy and from adopting the...
    on Aug 4, 2008 By: Alexander Solzhenitsyn Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

  2. "The forces of barbarity and evil are still active in our world. The Holocaust didn't finish in 1945," Judea Pearl said.
    on Apr 15, 2007 By: Judea Pearl Source: Forbes

  3. "This barbarity that happened in Rio de Janeiro can't be treated like common crime, it's terrorism, and must to be dealt with by the strong hand of the Brazilian state," Silva told an estimated 10,000 supporters, including many who traveled from...
    on Dec 31, 2006 By: Lula da Silva Source: International Herald Tribune

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