- cruel or brutal behavior; inhumanity
- a cruel or brutal act
- a crude or coarse taste, manner, form, etc.
- a. Savage brutality or cruelty: a dictator whose barbarity was only exceeded by that of his rival.b. A cruel or savage act.
- The condition of being uncivilized or uncultured: “All the little decorum and politeness we have … are so ready to lapse into barbarity” ( Jonathan Swift )