Definition of barbarous
- barbarous language
- barbarous crimes
the barbarous treatment of the native peoples of the New World by those bent on conquest at any cost
an aunt who abhors barbarous behavior such as eating with your fingers
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
red in tooth and claw;
: not polite or proper : very rude or offensive
: very cruel and violent
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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