- 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
Examples from the Web for barbaric
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
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
September 16, 2014
Rome wants and needs to be a capital of dialogue and peace, not a barbaric battleground.Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 29, 2014
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
June 6, 2014
What possible explanation could there be for this barbaric act?Childhood Denied
October 2, 2013
The throb of these sounds was as a background to the evening--fierce, passionate, barbaric.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
We had not, however, taken into account the obtuseness of a barbaric despot.Freeland
There are other countries where this relic of the barbaric ages doesn't exist.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
She had a surprising voice, of a barbaric quality, the ring of metal.The Prisoner
That which they lacked the 'Barbaric' race alone was capable of supplying.Legends of the Saxon Saints
Aubrey de Vere
- of or characteristic of barbarians
- primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
Word Origin and History for barbaric
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.