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bar·bar·i·an

 (bär-bâr′ē-ən)
n.
1.
a. A member of one of the non-Greek peoples in the ancient world, regarded by the ancient Greeks as culturally inferior.
b. A member of any of various peoples living outside the Roman Empire or not fully integrated into Greco-Roman civilization.
2. A member of a people considered uncivilized or culturally inferior by members of another people.
3. A fierce, brutal, or cruel person.
4. An insensitive, uncultured person. See Synonyms at boor.

[French barbarien, from barbare, barbarous, from Latin barbarus; see barbarous.]

bar·bar′i·an adj.
bar·bar′i·an·ism n.

barbarian

(bɑːˈbɛərɪən)
n
1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a member of a primitive or uncivilized people
2. a coarse, insensitive, or uncultured person
3. a vicious person
adj
4. of an uncivilized culture
5. insensitive, uncultured, or brutal
[C16: see barbarous]
barˈbarianism n

bar•bar•i•an

(bɑrˈbɛər i ən)

n.
1. a person regarded as savage, primitive, or uncivilized, esp. a person belonging to a culture different from one's own.
2. a person without culture, refinement, or education; philistine.
3. (esp. in ancient and medieval times) a foreigner: applied orig. to non-Greeks and to those outside the Roman Empire.
adj.
4. uncivilized; crude; savage.
5. foreign; alien.
[1540–50; < Latin barbari(a) barbarous country (see barbarous, -ia) + -an1]
bar•bar′i•an•ism, n.

barbarian

- Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy."
See also related terms for stranger.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barbarian - a member of an uncivilized peoplebarbarian - a member of an uncivilized people  
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
anthropophagite, anthropophagus, cannibal, man-eater - a person who eats human flesh
headhunter, head-shrinker - a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies
hunter-gatherer - a member of a hunting and gathering society
Vandal - a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455
2.barbarian - a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinementbarbarian - a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
Adj.1.barbarian - without civilizing influencesbarbarian - without civilizing influences; "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"
noncivilised, noncivilized - not having a high state of culture and social development

barbarian

noun
1. savage, monster, beast, brute, yahoo, swine, ogre, sadist Our maths teacher was a bully and a complete barbarian.
2. lout, hooligan, illiterate, vandal, yahoo, bigot, philistine, ned (Scot. slang), hoon (Austral. & N.Z.), ruffian, ignoramus, boor, boot boy, lowbrow, vulgarian The visitors looked upon us all as barbarians.

barbarian

noun
An unrefined, rude person:
adjective
Translations
barbaar
غَيْر حَضاري، غَيْر مُتَمَدِّنهمجي، بربري، هَمَجي، مُتَوَحِّش
barbarbarbarský
barbarbarbarisk
barbarbarbarinbarbarskidivljački
barbár
barbari, villimaîurvillimannlegur, ósiîmenntaîur
barbar
barbarkabauygar olmayan kimsevahşi

barbarian

[bɑːˈbɛərɪən]
A. ADJbárbaro
B. Nbárbaro/a m/f

barbarian

[bɑːrˈbɛərɪən]
n
(in history) (= foreigner) → barbare m
(pejorative) (= cruel person) → barbare m
(pejorative) (= uncultured person) → barbare m
adj
(in history) [tribe, horde] → barbare; [invasion] → barbare
(pejorative) [attitude] → barbare; [practice] → barbare

barbarian

n (Hist, fig) → Barbar(in) m(f)
adj (Hist, fig) → barbarisch

barbarian

[bɑːˈbɛərɪən] nbarbaro/a

barbarous

(ˈbaːbərəs) adjective
1. uncultured and uncivilized. barbarous habits.
2. brutal. a barbarous assault.
ˈbarbarousness noun
barˈbarian (-ˈbeəriən) noun
an uncultured and uncivilized person.
adjective
barbarian customs.
References in classic literature ?
For which reason the poets say, it is proper for the Greeks to govern the barbarians, as if a barbarian and a slave were by nature one.
With the possible exception of Snider, the little party appeared in the best of spirits, laughing and joking, or interestedly discussing the possibilities which the future held for us: what we should find upon the continent, and whether the inhabitants would be civilized or barbarian peoples.
The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all, even the most barbarian, nations into civilisation.
But early in the fifth century the Romans, hard-pressed even in Italy by other barbarian invaders, withdrew all their troops and completely abandoned Britain.
Let us make a foray upon the dominions of that noisy barbarian, a great raid from Finisterre to Hatteras, catching his fishermen unawares, baffling the fleets that trust to his power, and shooting sly arrows into the livers of men who court his good graces.
In which thirteen African Lions and twenty-two Barbarian Prisoners will war with each other until all are exterminated.
As this glad ship of good luck bore down upon the moody Pequod, the barbarian sound of enormous drums came from her forecastle; and drawing still nearer, a crowd of her men were seen standing round her huge try-pots, which, covered with the parchment-like poke or stomach skin of the black fish, gave forth a loud roar to every stroke of the clenched hands of the crew.
Not of alcoholics nor for alcoholics do I write, but for our youths, for those who possess no more than the adventure-stings and the genial predispositions, the social man-impulses, which are twisted all awry by our barbarian civilisation which feeds them poison on all the corners.
Certainly, he said; they will in this way be united against the barbarians and will keep their hands off one another.
Besides conquering all the barbarians around them, the Romans conquered another people who were not barbarians, but who were in some ways more civilized than themselves.
However, in this country of barbarians and fanatics, prudence obliged him to take the strictest precautions.
The forests and morasses of Germany were filled with a hardy race of barbarians, who despised life when it was separated from freedom.