barbaric

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj barbaric 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"
    • adj barbaric unrestrained and crudely rich "barbaric use of color or ornament"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbaric Of or pertaining to, or resembling, an uncivilized person or people; barbarous; barbarian; destitute of refinement. "Wild, barbaric music."
    • Barbaric Of, or from, barbarian nations; foreign; -- often with reference to barbarous nations of east. "Barbaric pearl and gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barbaric Foreign.
    • barbaric Uncivilized; barbarian: as, “barbaric or Gothic invaders,” T. Warton, On Milton's Smaller Poems.
    • barbaric Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of barbarians or their art; hence, ornate without being in accordance with cultivated taste; wildly rich or magnificent.
    • barbaric Synonyms Barbarian, Barbarous, Barbaric. See barbarian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Barbaric foreign: uncivilised
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Quotations

  • Georges Clemenceau
    Georges%20Clemenceau
    “America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “Civilization is the lamb's skin in which barbarism masquerades.”
  • David Hare
    David%20Hare
    “The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.”
  • Amerigo Vespucci
    Amerigo Vespucci
    “The manner of their living is very barbarous, because they do not eat at fixed times, but as often as they please.”
  • George Santayana
    George%20Santayana
    “Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Each side fears the barbarity of the other.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
After the passing of those "barbarous bloodthirsty" measures (as Place called them) the country settled down into a sullen silence.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
To the barbarous hordes of Northeastern Asia America must have long been known as the land where many of their wanderers found a home.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
It is because we are a barbarous race, submitting to laws made by lawyers for lawyers.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
And the same old story of bloodshed and barbarity went on.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The ship is driven from her course, and wrecked on some barbarous coast.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
They consider this barbarous pity as a virtue.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
It's barbaric, but has a certain style and swing.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
But he could appeal to their passions and prejudices against the "Barbarism" of the South.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The barbarism of the wild Indians of North America had nothing of this kind.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
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In poetry:

A yew hedge of orders,
Gothic and barbarous, pure German.
Dead men cry from it.
I am guilty of nothing.
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
Upon his canvass pages,
The painter throws his heart:
Yet England's barbarous nobles
Have buried living art.
"The Painter Of Florence" by Ernest Jones
Selina marks the barbarous sea,
The leaky nest divide;
And bold her little friends to free,
She plunges in the tide!
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
When slyly touched by his white hand
Of Midas-magic, forests old
Dariuses of pomp then stand
Barbaric-crowned with living gold....
"Frost" by Madison Julius Cawein
Flapping fierce her gory pinions,
Whetting sharp her crimson beak,
Vulture War her barbarous minions,
Calls her ghastly prey to seek.
"Lines Suggested" by Janet Hamilton
Take, take away thy barbarous hand,
And let me to thy Master speak;
Remit awhile the harsh command,
And hear me, or my heart will break.
"The Hall Of Justice" by George Crabbe

In news:

Now, a treatment considered barbaric decades ago is making a big comeback.
Post / Photo illustration by Shannon Barbare.
The movement to stop this barbaric practice has spread across the country.
Churchill considered Nazism vile and barbaric, a rejection of civilization in every way, despite his respect for the German race.
It seems the only thing needed to pitch normally civilised people into barbarism is a trip to the airport, where people begin jumping queues, pushing and shoving, and generally behaving in all sorts of nasty ways.
Jonathan Goodluck condemns "barbaric" attack.
Scanning the ground beef with your tricorder and mumbling "Oh, how barbaric".
Stop Syria's Descent into Barbarism.
Vick on the barbaric treatment he inflicted on dogs.
This doesn't help your case when holding such a disgusting and barbaric position.
The barbarism of the Taliban is occasionally disguised but never very effectively and never for long.
Roxanne is glad to hear Petey has not only survived the barbaric attack but will hopefully live a better life.
Get your fuzzies now in the KAT HOUSE for Barbar.
Colleagues Call British Aid Worker's Murder in Pakistan " Senseless and Barbaric".
The announcement was welcomed by human rights activists who view the flogging law as a barbaric throwback in a nation populated mostly by the descendants of slaves .
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