Definition of barbarian
1 : of or relating to a land, culture, or people alien and usually believed to be inferior to another land, culture, or people
2 : lacking refinement, learning, or artistic or literary culture
barbarianismplay \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun
Examples of barbarian in a Sentence
people who were regarded as barbarian by the ancient Romans
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Would Trump the barbarian have been elected president of the United States even 10 or 20 years ago?
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Origin and Etymology of barbarian
Latin barbarus — more at barbarous
First Known Use: 14th century
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Definition of barbarian for Students
: an uncivilized person
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