Barbarism meaning

bärbə-rĭzəm
The definition of barbarism refers to the condition of being brutal, primitive, or socially backwards.

Torturing prisoners is an example of barbarism.

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The state of being primitive or lacking civilization.
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A barbarous action, custom, etc.
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Brutal behavior; barbarity.
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A barbaric act.

These barbarisms can not be allowed to continue, they must be crushed or civilization will collapse.

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An error in language use within a single word, such as a mispronunciation.
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Origin of barbarism

  • Latin barbarismus use of a foreign tongue or of one's own tongue amiss, barbarism from Greek barbarismos from barbarizein to behave or speak like a barbarian from barbaros non-Greek, foreign (imitative of the sound of unintelligible speech)

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