Share this entry

barbarity
American English: /ˌbɑrˈbɛrədi/
British English: /bɑːˈbarɪti/

Translation of barbarity in Spanish:

noun plural barbarities

uncountable or countable
  • 1 (brutality) the barbarities of the regime
    las atrocidades del régimen
    Example sentences
    • Ghastly and horrendous as it was, the sustained massacres, barbarities and cruelties committed on the Hindus that lasted off and on for almost a millennium were of an even larger magnitude.
    • Many regarded the cruelties and barbarities of communist regimes as inherent in communism.
    • At a time when the world is numbed with barbarities and deceits, Fanon, with his passionate anger, needs to be rediscovered.
  • 2 (lack of cultivation)
    Example sentences
    • There has been a great deal of uninformed comment about how this work resurrects the medievalism - that is, supposedly, the barbarity - of Passion plays, but I wonder how many of these critics have actually seen a medieval Passion play.
    • These women's voices were often mediated by male authorities who shaped their stories in ways that supported colonial endeavours and reinforced an opposition between ideas of pure female virtue and native barbarity.
    • He was troubled by the barbarity of manners on the frontier.

Definition of barbarity in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score: