transitive verbbarbarized, barbarizing
to make barbarous; coarsen, brutalize, etc.
Origin of barbarizeMedieval Latin barbarizare ; from Classical Greek barbarizein, to behave like a barbarian
to become barbarous
tr. & intr.v.bar·ba·rized, bar·ba·riz·ing, bar·ba·riz·es
To make or become crude, savage, or barbarous.
(third-person singular simple present barbarizes, present participle barbarizing, simple past and past participle barbarized)
- To cause to become savage or uncultured.
- (intransitive) To become savage or uncultured.
- (intransitive) To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.