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

intransitive verb

: to become barbarous
barbarization 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, 7 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of barbarize was in 1602

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“Barbarize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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