- The definition of barbarian is someone or something lacking in social graces, education, and/or culture.
A country whose people are wild and primitive is an example of a barbarian country.
- Barbarian is defined as a person who is savage and crude.
A cannibal is an example of a barbarian.
- Obs. an alien or foreigner: in the ancient world applied esp. to non-Greeks, non-Romans, or non-Christians
- a member of a people or group with a civilization regarded as primitive, savage, etc.
- a person who lacks culture
- a coarse or unmannerly person; boor
- a savage, cruel person; brute
Origin of barbarian; from Classical Latin barbarus, barbarous
- uncivilized; crude
- cruel; barbarous
- a. A member of one of the non-Greek peoples in the ancient world, regarded by the ancient Greeks as culturally inferior.b. A member of any of various peoples living outside the Roman Empire or not fully integrated into Greco-Roman civilization.
- A member of a people considered uncivilized or culturally inferior by members of another people.
- A fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
- An insensitive, uncultured person. See Synonyms at boor.
Origin of barbarianFrench barbarien, from barbare, barbarous, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.
- An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.
- (derogatory) Someone from a developing country or backward culture.
- A warrior, clad in fur or leather, associated with sword and sorcery stories.
- (derogatory) A person destitute of culture; a Philistine.
- A cruel, savage, brutal person; one without pity or humanity.
From Middle English, from Medieval Latin barbarinus (“Berber, pagan, Saracen, barbarian”), from Latin barbaria (“foreign country”), from barbarus (“foreigner, savage”), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, “foreign, non-Greek, strange”), onomatopoeic (mimicking foreign languages, akin to 'blah blah'), cognate to Sanskrit बर्बर (barbara, “barbarian, non-Aryan, stammering, blockhead”).