- uncivilized; wild; savage; crude.
- savagely cruel or harsh: The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.
- full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: an evening of wild and barbarous music.
- not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
- foreign; alien.
- (among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.
Origin of barbarous
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Examples from the Web for barbarously
Were it not you, I should know how (barbarously as you are used) to advise you in a moment.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
My sister was barbarously treated because she assisted me in my misfortunes.The Life and Adventures of Baron Trenck
In France also, how barbarously have the Reformed been treated!John Deane of Nottingham
The Count Elian, and the commanders of the legions who had conducted the gallant defence, were barbarously crucified.
He has treated me barbarously, but not quite so ill as he did the Bishop of Rochester.The Lyon in Mourning, Vol. 1
- uncivilized; primitive
- brutal or cruel
- lacking refinement
Word Origin and History for barbarously
c.1400, "uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant," from Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros (see barbarian). Meaning "not Greek or Latin" (of words or language) is from c.1500; that of "savagely cruel" is from 1580s.