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[bahr-bar-ik] /bɑrˈbær ɪk/
without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive:
barbaric invaders.
of, like, or befitting barbarians:
a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.
crudely rich or splendid:
barbaric decorations.
Origin of barbaric
1480-90; < Latin barbaricus < Greek barbarikós. See barbarous, -ic
Related forms
barbarically, adverb
nonbarbaric, adjective
prebarbaric, adjective
Synonym Study
1, 3. See barbarian. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for barbarically
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  • It was barbarically hung with banners, but it was not exactly a cheery place.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • The outer walls are barbarically huge and heavy, and superb in color.

    The Near East Robert Hichens
  • It was only Carlotta on her barbarically betrapped and besaddled mule.

    The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke
  • She was dreaming that Anna Zanidov stood before her in the barbarically painted evening gown.


    Stephen French Whitman
  • For the nomad of the fire-wheel was a girl, tall and slender, barbarically arrayed in the holiday garb of a Seminole chief.

    Diane of the Green Van

    Leona Dalrymple
  • With cool assurance he made his offer to the stately plumed, suspicious grandees of the barbarically magnificent court.

    Jewels of Gwahlur Robert E. Howard
  • The Sikhs who succeeded the Afghans were not so barbarically cruel, but they were hard and rough masters.


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • These should be barbarically glowing, since it is partly in their wild flare of color that the beauty of the Blanket Dance lies.

  • The rhythms are joyously, barbarically, at times almost frenetically, free.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for barbarically


of or characteristic of barbarians
primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
Derived Forms
barbarically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin barbaricus foreign, outlandish; see barbarous
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Word Origin and History for barbarically



late 15c., "uncultured, uncivilized, unpolished," from French barbarique (15c.), from Latin barbaricus "foreign, strange, outlandish," from Greek barbarikos "like a foreigner," from barbaros "foreign, rude" (see barbarian). Meaning "pertaining to barbarians" is from 1660s.

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