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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj barbarian 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"
    • n barbarian a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
    • n barbarian a member of an uncivilized people
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbarian A cruel, savage, brutal man; one destitute of pity or humanity. "Thou fell barbarian ."
    • Barbarian A foreigner. "Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian , and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me."
    • Barbarian A man in a rude, savage, or uncivilized state.
    • Barbarian A person destitute of culture.
    • a Barbarian Of, or pertaining to, or resembling, barbarians; rude; uncivilized; barbarous; as, barbarian governments or nations.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n barbarian A foreigner; one whose language and customs differ from those of the speaker or writer.
    • n barbarian One outside the pale of Christian civilization.
    • n barbarian A man in a rude, savage state; an uncivilized person.
    • n barbarian An uncultured person; one who has no sympathy with culture; a philistine.
    • n barbarian A cruel, savage, brutal person; one destitute of pity or humanity: as, “thou fell barbarian,”
    • n barbarian [capitalized] A native of Barbary. Synonyms Heathen, etc. See gentile, n.
    • barbarian Foreign; of another or outside nation; hence, non-Hellenic, non-Roman, non-Christian, non-Chinese, etc.
    • barbarian Of or pertaining to savages; rude; uncivilized.
    • barbarian Cruel; inhuman; barbarous.
    • barbarian [capitalized] Of or belonging to Barbary. Synonyms Barbarian, Barbarous, Barbaric, unlettered, uncultivated, untutored, ignorant. Barbarian applies to whatever pertains to the life of an uncivilized people, without special reference to its moral aspects. Barbarous properly expresses the bad side of barbarian life and character, especially its inhumanity or cruelty: as, a barbarous act. Barbaric expresses the characteristic love of barbarians for adornment, magnificence, noise, etc., but it is not commonly applied to persons; it implies the lack of cultivated taste: as, barbaric music; barbaric splendor. Barbarian and barbaric are now strictly confined to the meanings named above.
    • n barbarian A member of a barbarian people. See II., 5.
    • barbarian In anthropology, pertaining to a state of society in which descent is reckoned in the paternal line, and in which the members of the paternal family of all generations form an exogamous social unit called a gens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Barbarian uncivilised: savage: without taste or refinement: foreign
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  • Matthew Arnold
    “Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.”
  • William Gilmore Simms
    William Gilmore Simms
    “The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Barbarous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. barbaros, foreign, lit. stammering, from the unfamiliar sound of foreign tongues.


In literature:

Hence we are still barbarians in our nature.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The barbarian in a rage slew him, and all the others also were slain where they sat.
"Stories From Livy" by Alfred Church
Barbarians defile the land Where the Greek race was born!
"Life Immovable" by Kostes Palamas
Savages and barbarians dismiss "white man's ways" with indifference.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Or was this an act of barbarian mourning over some loved one lost in battle?
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
These were the first wave of the "barbarian" invasion after Rome had fallen.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
And if you open the head of an average barbarian you will find a flourishing crop of superstition fungi inside.
"Myths & Legends of our New Possessions & Protectorate" by Charles M. Skinner
We must also not forget that they would clearly be wholly impossible if the Germans were actually barbarians.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
These tribes have always been, and always will be, mere barbarians and savages.
"The Great White Tribe in Filipinia" by Paul T. Gilbert
Such deeds we barbarians never do.
"Famous Tales of Fact and Fancy" by Various

In poetry:

Why should a slave rule
The lineage of princes,
A hairy barbarian
Replace our young sovran?
"Invocation" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Because the barbarians are coming today
and things like that dazzle the barbarians.
Why don't our distinguishe d orators come forward as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?
"Waiting for the Barbarians" by Constantine P Cavafy
No more the milk of cows
Shall pollute my private house
Than the milk of the wild mares of the Barbarian
I will stick to port and sherry,
For they are so very, very,
So very, very, very, Vegetarian.
"The Logical Vegetarian" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Why care if Turk and Tartar fume,
Barbarian 'gainst barbarian set,
Or how our politic prophets fret,
When on this tapestry-thyme and heath,
Fresh work of Nature's loom,
Thus, thus, we can diffuse ourselves, and breathe
"A Dorset Idyl" by Francis Turner Palgrave
And still, as wild barbarians fiercely break
The graceful column and the marble dome--
Where arts too long have lain
Debased at pleasure's fain,
And bleeding justice called on wrath to come,
'Mid ruins heaped around, thou bidst thy votarists wake.
"Zophiel - Invocation" by Maria Gowen Brooks
Because night has fallen and the barbarians have not come.
And some who have just returned from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.
And now, what's going to happen to us without barbarians?
They were, those people, a kind of solution.
"Waiting for the Barbarians" by Constantine P Cavafy

In news:

Rome's citizens, especially in the frontier provinces, had seen cities burned by barbarians .
Those of you awaiting the "Conan the Barbarian " 3-D remake hitting theaters on Aug 19, satisfy your hunger for swords and sorcery until then with Shout.
There's one less barbarian at the gate.
Dark of the Moon" to this past weekend's "Conan the Barbarian" and "Fright Night," Hollywood has spent the summer debating the aesthetic gains of 3D.
From ballerinas to barbarians, the Oscar winner shot them all.
After becoming capital of the barbarian Visigoths in the fifth century, Barcelona dominated the surrounding region of Catalonia , which rose to riches and influence throughout the Middle Ages.
Olga Kurylenko plays Etain, the scariest of the Pict barbarians pursuing Roman legionnaires through what is now Scotland.
Are we barbarians under our civilized veneers.
On Snakes for the Divine, Pike's back in top barbarian form.
I slamist barbarians are at the gates.
Baywatch' star/'Conan the Barbarian' reject says PED use is "very common".
Daniel Mendelsohn 's "Waiting for the Barbarians" a scholarly take on cultural change.
Waiting for the Barbarians by Daniel Mendelsohn ( ).
Barbarian's Bad-Boy Garb Completes Misogynistic Mission – June 17, 2012.
In the 1982 cinema classic Conan the Barbarian, the eponymous hero spends some time bunking with a Mongol horde.