barbaric

[bahr-bar-ik]

adjective

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 formsbar·bar·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·bar·bar·ic, adjectivepre·bar·bar·ic, adjective

Synonym study

1, 3. See barbarian.
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British Dictionary definitions for barbarically

barbaric

adjective

of or characteristic of barbarians
primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
brutal
Derived Formsbarbarically, adverb

Word Origin for barbaric

C15: from Latin barbaricus foreign, outlandish; see barbarous
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Word Origin and History for barbarically

barbaric

adj.

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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