• WordNet 3.6
    • v barbarize make crude or savage in behavior or speech "his years in prison have barbarized the young man"
    • v barbarize become crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbarize To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech. "The ill habit . . . of wretched barbarizing against the Latin and Greek idiom, with their untutored Anglicisms."
    • Barbarize To become barbarous. "The Roman empire was barbarizing rapidly from the time of Trajan."
    • v. t Barbarize To make barbarous. "The hideous changes which have barbarized France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barbarize To speak or write like a barbarian or foreigner; use barbarisms in speech or writing.
    • barbarize To become barbarous.
    • barbarize To corrupt (language, art, etc.) by introducing impurities, or by departing from recognized classical standards.
    • barbarize To render barbarous.
    • barbarize Also spelled barbarise.
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  • Georges Clemenceau
    “America is the only nation in history which, miraculously, has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “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
    “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
    “Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. barbariser, LL. barbarizare,


In literature:

Barbarous nations frequently imprint on their salutations the dispositions of their character.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The custom of exhibiting shows of gladiators, originated in the barbarous sacrifices of human beings, which prevailed in remote ages.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
O worse than worst of my most barbarous foes!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Can Christian Americans deny these barbarous cruelties?
"Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life" by David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet
They occupied a civilised and Christian land, and they restored it to its primitive barbarism.
"Early Britain" by Grant Allen
Look at what you are seeing now, and understand what barbarism and waste mean.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
These portraits and inscriptions seem to me to be perfect, but barbarous, specimens of Byzantine art.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
If by such unmerited, such barbarous usage I could lose her heart it would break mine.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
In barbarous countries they went to search for what they could not find in the Orient.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos

In poetry:

You've had whole centuries. We—a single hour.
Like serfs obedient to their feudal lord,
We've held the shield between two hostile powers—
Old Europe and the barbarous Mongol horde.
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
"Rome, thou tyrant, — barbarous land,
Jupiter dost frown on thee;
May Olympu's angry hand
Set these tortured vestals free!
Dark my soul with dread and fear,
Darling Lucius, enter here.
"The Vestal Virgin" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
There is a stubborn torch that flames from Marathon to Concord,
its dangerous beauty binding three ages
Into one time; the waves of barbarism and civilization have
eclipsed but have never quenched it.
"Shine, Republic" by Robinson Jeffers
Of barbarism? What poet will be born to tell you to hate cruelty
and filth? What prophet will warn you
When the witch-doctors begin dancing, or if any man says "I
am a priest," to kill them with spears?
"Hellenistics" by Robinson Jeffers
Not to these shores she came, this other Thrace,
Environ barbarous to the royal Attic;
How could her delicate dirge run democratic,
Delivered in a cloudless boundless public place
To a hypermuscular race?
"An American Addresses Philomela" by John Crowe Ransom
And barbarous, of sick and well, of happy and under torture, of
living and dead, of human and not
Human, and dimly all the human future: -what should persuade him
to speak? And what could his words change?
"Meditation On Saviors" by Robinson Jeffers

In news:

A Bahraini man gestures from behind a car in Barbar, Bahrain, on Friday, Nov 9, 2012, that residents said was damaged when it was hit by tear gas canisters fired by riot police.
Jurors have recommended death Friday Aug 10 for Michael Barbar , the Perris man convicted last month of slaying his wife and her child after paternity tests showed Barbar was not the father of the six-year-old girl.
Fox penners, unable to defend this cruelty through rational dialog, have engaged in a pattern of threats and ad hominem attacks on anyone who dares challenge the ethics of this barbarism .
California should end barbaric , costly death penalty.
Just a game or barbaric behavior.
Colleagues Call British Aid Worker's Murder in Pakistan "Senseless and Barbaric ".
Flynn calls looting, beatings in Riverwest barbaric .
Blair Calls Apparent Attacks ' Barbaric '.
Stop Syria's Descent into Barbarism .
Well, the tribe of barbarism doesn't get to lecture the tribe of liberty about what freedom means.
Because the moral superiority of liberty is irrefutable, totalitarians often feel the need to wrap barbarism in the language of freedom.
Barbarism leads to social degeneration.
Bernard-Henri Lévy on the New Barbarism .
The attempted murder of a 14-year-old girl because she campaigned for the right of all Pakistani girls to go to school is extreme even by the Taliban's barbaric, medieval standards.
'Sailing the Barbarous Coast' at WPCA.