Definition of barbaric
1 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of barbarians b : possessing or characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive savagery but less sophisticated than advanced civilization
2 a : marked by a lack of restraint : wild b : having a bizarre, primitive, or unsophisticated quality
3 : barbarous 3
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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