barbarism

noun
bar·​ba·​rism | \ ˈbär-bə-ˌri-zəm How to pronounce barbarism (audio) \

Definition of barbarism

1a : a barbarian or barbarous social or intellectual condition : backwardness
b : the practice or display of barbarian acts, attitudes, or ideas
2 : an idea, act, or expression that in form or use offends against contemporary standards of good taste or acceptability

Examples of barbarism in a Sentence

The barbarism of his dictatorship cannot be ignored. Such barbarisms cannot be tolerated.
Recent Examples on the Web Destruction of these imperfect but necessary institutions will not hasten the advent of justice and equality but rather accelerate our collapse into barbarism and degradation. Nr Staff, National Review, "Liberty and Justice for All: An Open Letter to Fellow Citizens in Defense of American Institutions," 10 Sep. 2020 Britain wrote and rewrote itself as the protagonist of its own legends, making its barbarism bearable and its cultural dominance natural. Laurie Penny, Longreads, "Tea, Biscuits, and Empire: The Long Con of Britishness," 10 Aug. 2020 Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands sign petition to remove 'racist' Gandhi statue," 13 June 2020 Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands sign petition to remove 'racist' Gandhi statue," 13 June 2020 Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands sign petition to remove 'racist' Gandhi statue," 13 June 2020 Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands sign petition to remove 'racist' Gandhi statue," 13 June 2020 The swift descent of a highly civilized nation into barbarism remains a terrifying mystery. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, "Teutomania," 23 June 2020 Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Thousands sign petition to remove 'racist' Gandhi statue," 13 June 2020

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First Known Use of barbarism

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

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“Barbarism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barbarism. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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barbarism

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English Language Learners Definition of barbarism

: cruel and violent behavior
: very rude behavior

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