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barbarous

adjective bar·ba·rous \ˈbär-b(ə-)rəs\

: not polite or proper : very rude or offensive

: very cruel and violent

Full Definition of BARBAROUS

1
a :  uncivilized
b :  lacking culture or refinement :  philistine
2
:  characterized by the occurrence of barbarisms <barbarous language>
3
:  mercilessly harsh or cruel <barbarous crimes>
bar·ba·rous·ly adverb
bar·ba·rous·ness noun

Examples of BARBAROUS

  1. <the barbarous treatment of the native peoples of the New World by those bent on conquest at any cost>
  2. <an aunt who abhors barbarous behavior such as eating with your fingers>

Origin of BARBAROUS

Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros foreign, ignorant
First Known Use: 15th century

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