barbaric

adjective
bar·​bar·​ic | \ bär-ˈber-ik How to pronounce barbaric (audio) , -ˈba-rik \

Definition of barbaric

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 barbarians
b : possessing or characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive (see primitive entry 1 sense 2c) culture but less sophisticated than advanced civilization (see civilization sense 1a)
2a : marked by a lack of restraint : wild a barbaric use of color
b : having a bizarre, primitive, or unsophisticated quality … I sound my barbaric yawp …— Walt Whitman the tangled, loose barbaric magnificence of the Elizabethan dramaThink
3 : barbarous sense 3 barbaric crimes

Other Words from barbaric

barbarically \ bär-​ˈber-​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce barbaric (audio) , -​ˈba-​ri-​ \ adverb

Examples of barbaric in a Sentence

Barbaric tribes invaded the area. His table manners are barbaric. They considered the custom barbaric. The treatment of the prisoners was positively barbaric.
Recent Examples on the Web This is the opening scene of Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All, a stunning and barbaric fairy tale/road movie about a young woman, played by Waves star Taylor Russell, and her near-unquenchable craving for human flesh. Douglas Greenwood, Vogue, 2 Sep. 2022 How many more families like Donovan’s will need to appear in news conferenced like this one before our leaders do enough to put a stop to these barbaric killings? Bethany Bruner, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2022 The simile, which locates something barbaric in the trappings of classical culture, places nervous, reasonable Trelawny in a world of archaic ritual and potentially cathartic extremity. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 King Viserys should quash his detractors, but the middle-aged monarch is conflict avoidant, kind and reasonable — all terrible attributes for a ruler in the always barbaric and occasionally magical Seven Kingdoms. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2022 But while the barbaric practice is driven by China, where shark fin soup is a symbol of status for the rich and powerful, America’s seafood industry isn’t immune from the trade. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Aug. 2022 But while the barbaric practice is driven by China, where shark fin soup is a symbol of status for the rich and powerful, America's seafood industry isn't immune from the trade. CBS News, 2 Aug. 2022 But while the barbaric practice is driven by China, where shark fin soup is a symbol of status for the rich and powerful, America's seafood industry isn't immune from the trade. Joshua Goodman, Sun Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 Fox News' Tucker Carlson coined the derisive nickname after the Texas lawmaker dared to express support for beleaguered Ukraine following Russia's barbaric attack on it. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of barbaric

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Sep 2022

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“Barbaric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbaric. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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barbaric

adjective
bar·​bar·​ic | \ bär-ˈber-ik How to pronounce barbaric (audio) \

Kids Definition of barbaric

1 : barbarous
2 : showing a lack of restraint barbaric power

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