- to make barbarous; brutalize; corrupt: foreign influences barbarizing the Latin language.
- to become barbarous; lapse into barbarism.
- to use barbarisms in speaking or writing.
Also especially British, bar·ba·rise.
Origin of barbarize
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Examples from the Web for barbarize
If the most effectual method of degrading woman be to barbarize man, the certain means of dignifying her is to christianize him.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
This might tend to barbarize, demoralize, and exasperate the whole mass and produce most deplorable consequences.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents
James D. Richardson
In this age, poverty tends to barbarize men; it shuts them out from the educational influences of our times.Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 1 (of 3)
- to make or become barbarous
- to use barbarisms in (language)
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