barbarous


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bar·ba·rous

 (bär′bər-əs)
adj.
1. Primitive or undeveloped in culture and customs; uncivilized.
2. Lacking refinement or culture; coarse: inappropriate, barbarous behavior.
3. Characterized by savagery; very cruel: a barbarous punishment; a barbarous tyrant.
4. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.

[From Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros, non-Greek, foreign; see barbarism.]

bar′ba·rous·ly adv.
bar′ba·rous·ness n.

barbarous

(ˈbɑːbərəs)
adj
1. uncivilized; primitive
2. brutal or cruel
3. lacking refinement
[C15: via Latin from Greek barbaros barbarian, non-Greek, in origin imitative of incomprehensible speech; compare Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan]
ˈbarbarously adv
ˈbarbarousness n

bar•ba•rous

(ˈbɑr bər əs)

adj.
1. uncivilized; wild; savage.
2. savagely cruel or harsh: barbarous treatment of war prisoners.
3. full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: wild and barbarous music.
4. not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
5. foreign; alien.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin barbarus < Greek bárbaros non-Greek, barbarian; see -ous]
bar′ba•rous•ly, adv.
bar′ba•rous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.barbarous - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or sufferingbarbarous - (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering; "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"
inhumane - lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion; "humans are innately inhumane; this explains much of the misery and suffering in the world"; "biological weapons are considered too inhumane to be used"
2.barbarous - primitive in customs and culture
noncivilised, noncivilized - not having a high state of culture and social development

barbarous

adjective
2. brutal, cruel, savage, vicious, ruthless, ferocious, monstrous, barbaric, heartless, inhuman, merciless, remorseless, pitiless It was a barbarous attack on a purely civilian train.

barbarous

adjective
2. Showing or suggesting a disposition to be violently destructive without scruple or restraint:
Translations
بَرْبَري، غَيْر مُتَحَضِّروَحْشي
barbarský
barbarisk
ósiîmenntaîurvillimannlegur
barbarasbarbariškasbarbariškumasbarbarųlaukinis
barbarisksbrutālsnežēlīgs
çok zalimgaddarkabamedeniyetsizuyar olmayan

barbarous

[ˈbɑːbərəs] ADJbárbaro

barbarous

[ˈbɑːrbərəs] adj (= savage) [action, treatment, practice] → barbare

barbarous

adj (Hist, fig) → barbarisch; (= cruel)grausam; guard etcroh; accentgrauenhaft

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 ?
You will say that that was in the comparatively barbarous times; that these are barbarous times too, because also, comparatively speaking, pins are stuck in even now; that though man has now learned to see more clearly than in barbarous ages, he is still far from having learnt to act as reason and science would dictate.
Having provided everything necessary for our journey, such as Arabian habits, and red caps, calicoes, and other trifles to make presents of to the inhabitants, and taking leave of our friends, as men going to a speedy death, for we were not insensible of the dangers we were likely to encounter, amongst horrid deserts, impassable mountains, and barbarous nations, we left Goa on the 26th day of January in the year 1624, in a Portuguese galliot that was ordered to set us ashore at Pate, where we landed without any disaster in eleven days, together with a young Abyssin, whom we made use of as our interpreter.
He ground his great teeth together, raved, stamped, and swore in barbarous tongues and with barbarous imagery.
They thronged the narrow length of our schooner's decks with their ornamented and barbarous crowd, with the variegated colours of checkered sarongs, red turbans, white jackets, embroideries; with the gleam of scabbards, gold rings, charms, armlets, lance blades, and jewelled handles of their weapons.
As writers of travels among barbarous communities are generally very diffuse on these subjects, he deems it right to advert to what may be considered a culpable omission.
My only concern is, that I shall hardly be able to do justice to my master's arguments and expressions, which must needs suffer by my want of capacity, as well as by a translation into our barbarous English.
ignorant and barbarous brethren, whom religion alone can instruct and civilize.
This fellow, it appears, was one of those desperadoes of the frontiers, outlawed by their crimes, who combine the vices of civilized and savage life, and are ten times more barbarous than the Indians with whom they consort.
but not the word Deus; which shows that even those barbarous people have the notion, though they have not the latitude and extent of it.
The world who have already censured the regard I have shown for you may think, with some colour at least of justice, that I connive at so base and barbarous an action--an action of which you must have known my abhorrence: and which, had you had any concern for my ease and honour, as well as for my friendship, you would never have thought of undertaking.
The Britons, from whom the present Welsh are descended, inhabited what is now England and Wales; and they were still further subdivided, like most barbarous peoples, into many tribes which were often at war with one another.
Thus it was here; for wherever we came, though at these towns and stations the garrisons and governors were Russians, and professed Christians, yet the inhabitants were mere pagans, sacrificing to idols, and worshipping the sun, moon, and stars, or all the host of heaven; and not only so, but were, of all the heathens and pagans that ever I met with, the most barbarous, except only that they did not eat men's flesh.