Barbarous meaning

bärbər-əs
The definition of barbarous is something that is uncivilized or crude.

Killing people for no reason is an example of a barbarous act.

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Cruel; brutal.
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Uncultured, crude, coarse, rough, etc.
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Primitive or undeveloped in culture and customs; uncivilized.
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Lacking refinement or culture; coarse.

Inappropriate, barbarous behavior.

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Characterized by savagery; very cruel.

A barbarous punishment; a barbarous tyrant.

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Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
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Foreign or alien; in the ancient world, non-Greek, non-Roman, or non-Christian.
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Characteristic of barbarians; primitive or lacking in civilization.
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(said of language) Not classical or pure.
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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)

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Origin of barbarous

  • From Latin barbarus from Greek barbaros non-Greek, foreign barbarism

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

  • From Latin barbarus (“foreigner, savage”), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, “foreign, strange”).

    From Wiktionary