barbaric

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adjective bar·bar·ic \bär-ˈber-ik, -ˈba-rik\

Definition of barbaric

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a group of people who are alien to another land, culture, or people and who are usually believed to be inferior :  of, relating to, or characteristic of barbariansb :  possessing or characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive (see 1primitive 2c) culture but less sophisticated than advanced civilization (see civilization 1a)

  2. 2a :  marked by a lack of restraint :  wild a barbaric use of colorb :  having a bizarre, primitive, or unsophisticated quality … I sound my barbaric yawp … — Walt Whitman the tangled, loose barbaric magnificence of the Elizabethan drama — Think

  3. 3 :  barbarous 3 barbaric crimes

barbarically

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Examples of barbaric in a Sentence

  1. Barbaric tribes invaded the area.

  2. His table manners are barbaric.

  3. They considered the custom barbaric.

  4. The treatment of the prisoners was positively barbaric.

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First Known Use of barbaric

15th century


BARBARIC Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of barbaric for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to barbarians

  • : very rude or offensive : not polite or proper

  • : very cruel


BARBARIC Defined for Kids

barbaric

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adjective bar·bar·ic \bär-ˈber-ik\

Definition of barbaric for Students

  1. 1 :  barbarous

  2. 2 :  showing a lack of restraint barbaric power



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