barbarism, barbarity
Barbarism has the widest scope of reference, being applied to matters of taste as well as human behaviour, and it has a special meaning in relation to language (see barbarisms). Barbarity (and occasionally barbarousness, although this is not normally needed) always refer to savage cruelty or extremely uncivilized behaviour. Examples:

• It has taken a woman to remind us all that there are people out there who are determined that Northern Ireland will not be dragged down to the level of barbarity displayed by the terrorists —Ulster Newsletter, 1991

• He took up a new job in Berlin on the very day in 1930 when the Reichstag election heralded unprecedented barbarism in Europe —New Scientist, 1991

• I do not believe urban barbarism is about to engulf us —East Anglian Daily Times, 1993.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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