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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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A brutal, savage act; The quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane.

Usage examples (27)
  • All nature protests against the barbarity of man, who misapprehends, who humiliates, who tortures his inferior brethren.
  • The custom personally affected her for the first time; worse than the barbarity was the indignity.
  • From ABC/AP: President Fidel Castro called the U.S. airstrike that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi a "barbarity," saying he should have been put on trial.
  • And, by the way--I used the term "barbarity" in reference to the millions of people killed by the Nazis in World War 2--not about Williamson's, or anyone else's, viewpoint. for more
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