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OTHER WORDS FROM barbaricbar·bar·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bar·bar·ic, adjectivepre·bar·bar·ic, adjective
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What does barbaric mean?
Barbaric means crude, uncivilized, or primitive. It’s often used to describe things that are cruel or brutal in a way that’s considered entirely uncivilized.
Barbaric is also used to describe things that involve people considered barbarians—people who are extremely crude and uncivilized.
The term barbarian was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to refer to any foreigner. In ancient and medieval times, it was variously used to refer to non-Greeks, non-Romans, and non-Christians. The term eventually became associated with a stereotypical image of barbarians as primitive and brutish.
Like the word savage, the word barbarian can be very offensive due to its use to dehumanize the people that it’s applied to, especially in a way that calls attention to their otherness or the supposed primitiveness of their culture or customs. Barbaric can also imply these same things, especially when it’s applied to the practices of a culture other than one’s own.
The related word barbarous also means uncivilized, crude, or cruel.
Example: We need to put an end to this barbaric violence.
Where does barbaric come from?
The first records of the word barbaric come from the 1480s. It derives from the Latin barbaricus, meaning “foreign,” and ultimately comes from the Greek bárbaros, meaning “non-Greek,” or, more generally, “foreign.”
The Greek bárbaros is related to the Sanskrit barbara, which means “stammering” and was also used to refer to non-Aryans. The ultimate basis of these terms is thought to be an imitation of someone speaking a language that is completely incomprehensible, as if they were just saying the word bar over and over. This origin is indicative of how offensive the words barbarian and barbaric can be when used in certain ways. Portraying an unfamiliar language as primitive gibberish simply because it’s unfamiliar is offensive in much the same way that calling a person barbaric can be when it’s meant to dehumanize them due to their differences.
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What are some other forms related to barbaric?
- barbarically (adverb)
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How is barbaric used in real life?
Barbaric is always used negatively. It can be offensive when used to dehumanize a group and imply that their culture is primitive.
In her time, Ida. B. Wells Wells (1862-1931) was the most famous Black woman in America. In the 1890s, her work exposing the barbaric practice of lynching gained national renown. https://t.co/oTNUr6EMIt
VIA @womenshistory #BlackHistoryMonth pic.twitter.com/nqTIrjzOfF
— marinparks (@marinparks) February 12, 2021
Only a barbaric system would allow millions of people to lose their health insurance during a deadly pandemic.
We need Medicare For All.
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 14, 2021
Thread on the Lincoln quote I wrote about earlier. McIntosh's murder was utterly barbaric. He was burned alive. According to one account, when one of his killers said he was dead, McIntosh suddenly yelled from the flames, begging someone to shoot him. https://t.co/63cGCphUeI
— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) August 27, 2020
How to use barbaric in a sentence
It still carries all those symbolic meanings, though its currency now works globally, cleaving the world into civilized cooling and barbaric heat.AC Feels Great, But It’s Terrible for the Planet. Here’s How to Fix That|Eric Dean Wilson|June 30, 2021|Time
Since then, he’s grown into a capable leader for the Krogan, and is looking to correct his race’s mistakes by adopting progressive policies and leaving the more barbaric, warlike qualities of the race in the past.Every ‘Mass Effect’ squadmate, ranked from a storytelling perspective|Jhaan Elker|June 4, 2021|Washington Post
“It was body against body, just crushing, like a barbaric scene,” Fanone recalled in a Post interview last month.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP|Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
“It was body against body, just crushing, like a barbaric scene,” Fanone recalled.How battered D.C. police made a stand against the Capitol mob|Peter Hermann|January 15, 2021|Washington Post
“We’ve poured over a year of our time into this legislation because we must discontinue these horrific and barbaric practices,” Carroll said.Bill Banning Locked Seclusion and Face-Down Restraints in Illinois Schools Stalls as Lawmakers Run Out of Time|by Jennifer Smith Richards, Chicago Tribune, and Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica|January 14, 2021|ProPublica
This is especially barbaric when one considers the actual circumstances of these women.
According to Bale, Moses was “one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.”Christian Bale: One Man's Moses Is Another Man's Terrorist|Candida Moss, Joel Baden|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a violent and barbaric sport and I wanted nothing to do with it.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor|Bryan Storkel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rome wants and needs to be a capital of dialogue and peace, not a barbaric battleground.
The image of children being disposed of in such a barbaric and depraved manner outraged people across the world.Ireland’s ‘Mother and Baby Home’ Horror Goes Beyond Tuam’s Dead Infants|Patsy McGarry|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Something remote and ancient stirred in her, something that was not of herself To-day, something half primitive, half barbaric.
It was difficult to describe—a little sterner, a little wilder, a faint emphasis of the barbaric peering through it.
There was one device of oath-taking, half pagan and half barbaric, which but very slowly relaxed its hold on Christian Europe.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
But there was in general nothing Oriental about him, no assumption of barbaric pompousness, no extravagance of bearing.Overland|John William De Forest
Allow me to remark, that seems a far more barbaric trait of manners than the most barbarous of ours.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson