: a person from an alien land, culture, or group believed to be inferior, uncivilized, or violent
—used chiefly in historical references
- In the Roman Empire, cohorts…patrolled the provinces, repelling the barbarians and maintaining the emperor's sovereignty.
- —Paul C. Schuytema
- Much of Italy had slipped from the grasp of the Byzantines, victim to the vigorous Germanic barbarians…who had begun their migration southward from the forested fastnesses of eastern and central Europe.
- —Stephen O'Shea
: a barbarous person : a rude, crude, uneducated, or uncivilized person
- No, I'm not some sort of barbarian who would open a bottle of wine to enjoy some before offering it as a gift. That would be uncouth.
- —Irv Erdos