• WordNet 3.6
    • adj barbarous primitive in customs and culture
    • adj barbarous (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering "a barbarous crime","brutal beatings","cruel tortures","Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks","a savage slap","vicious kicks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Barbarous Being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled with barbarians; as, a barbarous people; a barbarous country.
    • Barbarous Contrary to the pure idioms of a language. "A barbarous expression"
    • Barbarous Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless. "By their barbarous usage he died within a few days, to the grief of all that knew him."
    • Barbarous Foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste. "Barbarous gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • barbarous Foreign; not classical or pure; abounding in barbarisms; of or pertaining to an illiterate people: applied to language, originally to languages which were not Greek or Latin. See barbarism.
    • barbarous Speaking a foreign language; foreign; outlandish: applied to people. [Archaic.] See barbarian, n., 1.
    • barbarous Characterized by or showing ignorance of arts and civilization; uncivilized; rude; wild; savage: as, barbarous peoples, nations, or countries; barbarous habits or customs.
    • barbarous Pertaining to or characteristic of barbarians; adapted to the taste of barbarians; barbaric; of outlandish character.
    • barbarous Cruel; ferocious; inhuman: as, barbarous treatment.
    • barbarous Harsh-sounding, like the speech of barbarians: as, wild and barbarous music.
    • barbarous Synonyms Barbarian, Barbarous, Barbaric (see barbarian); ruthless, brutal, fierce, bloody, savage, truculent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Barbarous bär′bar-us uncivilised: rude: savage: brutal
    • n Barbarous an uncivilised man, a savage: a cruel, brutal man
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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
L. barbarus, Gr. ba`rbaros, strange, foreign; later, slavish, rude, ignorant; akin to L. balbus, stammering, Skr. barbara, stammering, outlandish. Cf. Brave (a.)


In literature:

Thus spirit was barbarously taken for a natural substance and a natural force.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
The half will never be told of the barbarism of Slavery.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
These barbaric hordes have left no monuments of their existence.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
It seemed to John barbarous and savage to the last degree.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It was this mass of savage barbarism which broke upon the empire as it sank into decay.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
But this condition is natural to all barbarous and warlike peoples, and cannot by itself account for that sentiment which we call chivalric.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The barbarous habit of alliance and connivance with robber gangs is by no means confined to Rajput nobles and landholders.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
I entreat you therefore, reader, do not contemn my work as something rude and barbarous.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
In the region now called Prussia, there was then a barbaric pagan race, against whom the pope had published a crusade.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Their barbarous descendants are preserved in the thickest forests and in the most retired mountains.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various

In poetry:

And now that the danger was so near at hand,
He was ready to put his men to the test, and them command;
And march to the rescue of his countrymen at Kalapore,
And try to quell the mutiny and barbarous uproar.
"The Hero of Kalapore" by William Topaz McGonagall
Possest with such resistless charms,
Why should you covet other arms?
Why any foreign aid explore,
You who cou'd wound too fast before?
With Cupid's whole artillery clad,
'Twas barbarous, poison'd darts to add.
"To A Beautiful Young Lady" by Samuel Bowden
Barbaric, O Man, was thy runing
When mountains were stained as with wine
By the dawning of Time, and as wine
Were the seas, yet its echoes are crooning,
Achant in the gusty pine
And the pulse of the poet's line.
"Geotheos" by Ambrose Bierce
Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?
"Hurrahing in Harvest" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Thy knowledge of women might be surpassed:
As any sad dog's of sweet flesh when he quits
The wayside wandering bone!
No revilings of comrades as ingrates: thee
The tempter, misleader, and criminal (screened
By laws yet barbarous) own.
"The Empty Purse--A Sermon To Our Later Prodigal Son" by George Meredith
But quickly to my cost I found,
'T was cruel Love, not Death, had made the wound;
Death a more generous rage does use;
Quarter to all he conquers does refuse:
Whilst Love with barbarous mercy saves
The vanquish'd lives, to make them slaves.
"The Thraldom" by Abraham Cowley

In news:

A-bombs were not ' barbaric acts'.
Girl's shooting shows Taliban's barbarism .
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.
Gilberto Valle, a 28-year-old NYPD officer, was arrested and accused of a gruesome and barbaric plot.
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.