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

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“Barbarous.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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