Definition of barbaric
- a barbaric use of color
- … I sound my barbaric yawp …
- —Walt Whitman
- the tangled, loose barbaric magnificence of the Elizabethan drama
- barbaric crimes
Barbaric tribes invaded the area.
His table manners are barbaric.
They considered the custom barbaric.
The treatment of the prisoners was positively barbaric.
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: of or relating to barbarians
: very rude or offensive : not polite or proper
: very cruel
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