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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishbarbaritybar‧bar‧i‧ty /bɑːˈbærəti $ bɑːr-/ noun (plural barbarities) [countable, uncountable]  CRUELa very cruel act the medieval barbarity of putting people in prison for debt
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barbarityThe character of the Thief is of unrelieved grossness and barbarity, and Michael Gambon turns in a resolutely one-dimensional performance.Senior civil servants and ministers must themselves take initiatives to put right the current barbarities.Untold are the reaches of his barbarities, uncounted the number of his treacheries, beyond belief the depravity of his practices.It has often been asked how barbarity could triumph so quickly in such a high culture.The time may well be approaching when meat eating is generally regarded as a sign of barbarity, rather than of civilisation.But I do recognise barbarity and inhumanity when I see them.It allows recovery before the barbarity, the social invasion, of the family.This is a story of continuing progress, from the barbarity of slavery to the enlightenment of the contemporary race relations industry.the barbarity of the Nazis
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