to make barbarous; coarsen, brutalize, etc.
Origin: ML barbarizare < Gr barbarizein, to behave like a barbarian
to become barbarous
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- barbarization noun
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tr. & intr.v. bar·ba·rized, bar·ba·riz·ing, bar·ba·riz·es
To make or become crude, savage, or barbarous.
- barˌba·ri·zaˈtion noun