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 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)
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 : barbarous 3 barbaric crimes
barbaricallyplay \-i-k(ə-)lē\ 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 of barbaric from the Web
Fighting for our entertainment, whether in ring or octagon, is civilization’s barbaric outlier, as humanely logical as bullfighting.
Among the roadblocks: Female legislators, especially Democrats in the senate, tended to oppose MMA as a barbaric form of entertainment.
This début novel sketches the barbaric politics of elementary school with terrifying clarity: loyalties won and dissolved over hair ties, the instinctive violence of small humans barely cognizant of consequence or remorse.
This year, the holiday begins as the world mourns the innocent victims of barbaric terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom and Egypt, acts of depravity that are directly contrary to the spirit of Ramadan.
Thousands of people gathered early Tuesday in Albert Square, in the heart of Manchester, defiant vigil after the attack while many millions worldwide have expressed shock at the barbaric attack.
This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion.
America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks from the atrocities of September 11 to the devastation of the Boston bombings to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.
America has suffered repeated barbaric attacks - from the atrocities of September 11th to the devastation of the Boston Bombing, to the horrible killings in San Bernardino and Orlando.
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First Known Use of barbaric
BARBARIC Defined for English Language Learners
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
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