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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.
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Noun1.barbarousness - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumanebarbarousness - the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane
inhumaneness, inhumanity - the quality of lacking compassion or consideration for others
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بَرْبَريّ÷ه، وَحْشِيَّه


(ˈbaːbərəs) adjective
1. uncultured and uncivilized. barbarous habits.
2. brutal. a barbarous assault.
ˈbarbarousness noun
barˈbarian (-ˈbeəriən) noun
an uncultured and uncivilized person.
barbarian customs.
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