A country whose people are wild and primitive is an example of a barbarian country.
A cannibal is an example of a barbarian.
- Uncivilized; crude.
- Cruel; barbarous.
Other Word Forms
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”).