Barbarism Definition

bärbə-rĭzəm
noun
The condition of having no civilizing influences or refined culture; ignorance or crudity.
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The use of words and expressions not standard in a language.
Webster's New World
Savage violence or cruelty.
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A word or expression of this sort (Ex.: “youse” for “you”)
Webster's New World
The use of words, forms, or expressions considered incorrect or unacceptable.
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Other Word Forms of Barbarism

Noun

Singular:
barbarism
Plural:
barbarisms

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

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