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 color>b : 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.
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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