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

Definition of barbarize

intransitive verb

: to become barbarous

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Other Words from barbarize

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

Examples of barbarize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us … . Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, "Reflections on the revolution in America," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of barbarize

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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