barbarism

noun bar·ba·rism \ ˈbär-bə-ˌri-zəm \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018

Definition of barbarism

1 a : 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

  1. The barbarism of his dictatorship cannot be ignored.

  2. Such barbarisms cannot be tolerated.

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First Known Use of barbarism

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of barbarism for English Language Learners

  • : cruel and violent behavior

  • : very rude behavior


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