barbarous

adjective bar·ba·rous \ ˈbär-b(ə-)rəs \

Definition of barbarous

b :lacking culture or refinement :philistine
2 :characterized by the occurrence of barbarisms
  • barbarous language
3 :mercilessly harsh or cruel
  • barbarous crimes

barbarously

adverb

barbarousness

noun

Examples of barbarous in a Sentence

  1. the barbarous treatment of the native peoples of the New World by those bent on conquest at any cost

  2. an aunt who abhors barbarous behavior such as eating with your fingers

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Origin and Etymology of barbarous

Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros foreign, ignorant

Synonym Discussion of barbarous

fierce, ferocious, barbarous, savage, cruel mean showing fury or malignity in looks or actions. fierce applies to humans and animals that inspire terror because of their wild and menacing aspect or fury in attack.
    • fierce warriors
ferocious implies extreme fierceness and unrestrained violence and brutality.
    • a ferocious dog
barbarous implies a ferocity or mercilessness regarded as unworthy of civilized people.
    • barbarous treatment of prisoners
savage implies the absence of inhibitions restraining civilized people filled with rage, lust, or other violent passion.
    • a savage criminal
cruel implies indifference to suffering and even positive pleasure in inflicting it.
    • the cruel jokes of schoolboys

BARBAROUS Defined for English Language Learners

barbarous

adjective

Definition of barbarous for English Language Learners

  • : not polite or proper : very rude or offensive

  • : very cruel and violent


BARBAROUS Defined for Kids

barbarous

adjective bar·ba·rous \ ˈbär-bə-rəs , -brəs \

Definition of barbarous for Students

1 :not civilized
2 :cruel 2, harsh
  • barbarous treatment
3 :very offensive
  • barbarous language


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