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barbarous

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1 having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others

  • a monarch resorting to whatever barbarous means he deemed necessary to protect his throne
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red in tooth and claw

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2 not civilized

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

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