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Barbarism vs Barbarity

Barbarism, barbarity are frequently confused.

Barbarism is used chiefly of a state of society or of a culture that may be described as barbarian, or as neither savage and crude nor civilized and highly refined.

Barbarity is used chiefly in reference to a temper or to practices that may be described as barbarous, or uncivilized, brutal, and inhumane.

Sometimes, however, barbarity denotes a taste that is barbaric.