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 Like Carmela, museums are past masters at putting a respectable face on barbarism. Rhonda Lieberman, The New Republic, "Painting Over the Dirty Truth," 23 Sep. 2019 The film balances cold indignation over the barbarism being allowed to continue through scorching emotional impact in the personal stories. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Welcome to Chechnya': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 What seems inarguable, however, is the barbarism of a policy that for nearly four decades restricted Chinese families from having more than one child. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘One Child Nation’ is a powerful, painful look at impact of China’s one-child policy," 7 Aug. 2019 After that goal at Southend, Barry-Murphy and Rochdale were hailed as outliers: ambassadors for aestheticism amid the barbarism of League One. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Pep Effect," 8 Nov. 2019 The Third Reich represented such a low point of organized barbarism that its memory remains indelible generations after Hitler’s suicide. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Clean streets, clean government, good beer. On a trip through Germany, many hints of our Wisconsin home.," 30 Oct. 2019 What seems inarguable, however, is the barbarism of a policy that for nearly four decades restricted Chinese families from having more than one child. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘One Child Nation’ is a powerful, painful look at impact of China’s one-child policy," 7 Aug. 2019 Jaslyk became synonymous with medieval-style barbarism when two inmates died after immersion in boiling water in 2002—in effect boiled alive. The Economist, "Uzbekistan’s new president closes Jaslyk prison camp," 8 Aug. 2019 The government was trying to send a warning, but the barbarism of the public execution appalled even the most jaded tabloids. CBS News, ""The Last Pirate of New York": One of the most sensational murder hunts in American history," 29 June 2019

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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 9 Apr. 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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