barbarize

verb
bar·​ba·​rize | \ ˈbär-bə-ˌrīz How to pronounce barbarize (audio) \
barbarized; barbarizing

Definition of barbarize

intransitive verb

: to become barbarous

Other Words from barbarize

barbarization \ ˌbär-​bə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce barbarization (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of barbarize

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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