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  1. without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive: barbaric invaders.
  2. of, like, or befitting barbarians: a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.
  3. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for barbarically

Historical Examples of barbarically

  • It was barbarically hung with banners, but it was not exactly a cheery place.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • The outer walls are barbarically huge and heavy, and superb in color.

    The Near East

    Robert Hichens

  • It was only Carlotta on her barbarically betrapped and besaddled mule.

  • She was dreaming that Anna Zanidov stood before her in the barbarically painted evening gown.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • For the nomad of the fire-wheel was a girl, tall and slender, barbarically arrayed in the holiday garb of a Seminole chief.

    Diane of the Green Van

    Leona Dalrymple

British Dictionary definitions for barbarically


  1. of or characteristic of barbarians
  2. primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
  3. 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



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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