barbarism

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noun bar·ba·rism \ˈbär-bə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of barbarism

  1. 1 a :  a barbarian or barbarous social or intellectual condition :  backwardness b :  the practice or display of barbarian acts, attitudes, or ideas

  2. 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

  1. The barbarism of his dictatorship cannot be ignored.

  2. Such barbarisms cannot be tolerated.

15th Century

First Known Use of barbarism

15th century


BARBARISM Defined for English Language Learners

barbarism

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noun bar·ba·rism \ˈbär-bə-ˌri-zəm\

Definition of barbarism for English Language Learners

  • : cruel and violent behavior

  • : very rude behavior


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