Barbarian definition

bär-bârē-ən
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A member of a people considered uncivilized or culturally inferior by members of another people.
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A fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
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A member of one of the non-Greek peoples in the ancient world, regarded by the ancient Greeks as culturally inferior.
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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.

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Barbarian is defined as a person who is savage and crude.

A cannibal is an example of a barbarian.

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An insensitive, uncultured person.
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A member of any of various peoples living outside the Roman Empire or not fully integrated into Greco-Roman civilization.
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A savage, cruel person; brute.
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A person who lacks culture.
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A coarse or unmannerly person; boor.
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Relating to people, countries or customs perceived as uncivilized or inferior.
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An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.
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(derogatory) Someone from a developing country or backward culture.
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A warrior, clad in fur or leather, associated with sword and sorcery stories.
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(derogatory) A person destitute of culture; a Philistine.

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A cruel, savage, brutal person; one without pity or humanity.
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(obs.) An alien or foreigner.
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A member of a people or group with a civilization regarded as primitive, savage, etc.
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Of or like a barbarian.
  • Uncivilized; crude.
  • Cruel; barbarous.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
barbarian
Plural:
barbarians

Origin of barbarian

  • French barbarien from barbare barbarous from Latin barbarus barbarous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary