Thesaurus

barbaric

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of barbaric

1 having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others
  • a barbaric dictator who tortured his own people with no qualms

Synonyms for barbaric

Words Related to barbaric

Phrases Synonymous with barbaric

Near Antonyms for barbaric

Antonyms for barbaric

2 not civilized
  • the barbaric forebears of modern mankind

Synonyms for barbaric

Words Related to barbaric

Near Antonyms for barbaric

Antonyms for barbaric

See the Dictionary Definition 

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about barbaric

Time Traveler for barbaric

Time Traveler

The first known use of barbaric was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Barbaric.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/barbaric. Accessed 19 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on barbaric

Dictionary: Definition of barbaric

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with barbaric

Spanish Central: Translation of barbaric

Nglish: Translation of barbaric for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of barbaric for Arabic Speakers

Comments on barbaric

What made you want to look up barbaric? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to insert between existing elements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!