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a. The condition of having no civilizing influences or refined culture; ignorance or crudity: "the struggles made by different nations, as they emerge from barbarism, to supply themselves with some visible symbol of thought" (William Hickling Prescott).
b. Savage violence or cruelty: "To say that the barbarism of one side [in World War I] impelled the barbarism of the other is not much of an excuse" (David A. Bell).
a. The use of words, forms, or expressions considered incorrect or unacceptable.
b. A specific word, form, or expression so used.
[Latin barbarismus, use of a foreign tongue or of one's own tongue amiss, barbarism, from Greek barbarismos, from barbarizein, to behave or speak like a barbarian, from barbaros, non-Greek, foreign (imitative of the sound of unintelligible speech).]
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1. a brutal, coarse, or ignorant act
2. the condition of being backward, coarse, or ignorant
3. (Linguistics) a substandard or erroneously constructed or derived word or expression; solecism
4. any act or object that offends against accepted taste
[C16: from Latin barbarismus error of speech, from Greek barbarismos, from barbaros barbarous]
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bar•ba•rism(ˈbɑr bəˌrɪz əm)
1. a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition.
2. a barbarous act.
3. the use of words or constructions felt to be undesirably alien to the established standards of a language.
4. such a word or construction.
[1570–80; < Latin < Greek]
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the use of terms or constructions feit by some to be undesirably foreign to the established customs of the language. — barbarian, n., adj.See also: Language Style
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An expression or use of words that is considered unacceptable or incorrect.
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noun cruelty, outrage, atrocity, brutality, savagery, ruthlessness, wickedness, inhumanity, barbarity, viciousness, coarseness, crudity, monstrousness, heinousness, fiendishness, barbarousness Not the death penalty: barbarism must not be met with barbarism.
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barbarism[ˈbɑːrbərɪzəm] n (= savagery) → barbarie f
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