- The definition of barbarous is something that is uncivilized or crude.
Killing people for no reason is an example of a barbarous act.
- Obsolete foreign or alien; in the ancient world, non-Greek, non-Roman, or non-Christian
- characterized by substandard usages in speaking or writing
- characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization
- uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
- cruel; brutal
- harsh in sound; raucous
Origin of barbarousClassical Latin barbarus ; from Classical Greek barbaros, foreign, strange, ignorant ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form barbar-, used for unintelligible speech of foreigners from source Sanskrit barbara-, stammering, non-Aryan
- Primitive or undeveloped in culture and customs; uncivilized.
- Lacking refinement or culture; coarse: inappropriate, barbarous behavior.
- Characterized by savagery; very cruel: a barbarous punishment; a barbarous tyrant.
- Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
Origin of barbarousFrom Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros, non-Greek, foreign; see barbarism.
(comparative more barbarous, superlative most barbarous)
- (said of language) Not classical or pure.
- uncivilized, uncultured
- Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
- I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
- By the known rules of antient libertie,
- When strait a barbarous noise environs me
- Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs - I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs, John Milton (1673)
From Latin barbarus (“foreigner, savage”), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, “foreign, strange”).