- a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition.
- a barbarous act; something belonging to or befitting a barbarous condition.
- the use in a language of forms or constructions felt by some to be undesirably alien to the established standards of the language.
- such a form or construction: Some people consider “complected” as a barbarism.
Origin of barbarism
Related Words for barbarisminhumanity, atrocity, brutality, cruelty, barbarity, coarseness, impropriety, solecism, vulgarism, misuse, corruption, provincialism, catachresis, malapropism, localism, misusage, vernacularism
Examples from the Web for barbarism
Contemporary Examples of barbarism
“Barbarism,” said retired NYPD Officer Jim Smith on Thursday.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
His sexual life, just like his barbarism, was the result of deliberation, not appetites run amok.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography
October 11, 2014
This war, said Poroshenko, is a “choice between civilization and barbarism.”Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side
September 19, 2014
The difference now is that ISIS no longer depends on intermediaries to broadcast its barbarism.ISIS is Using Social Media to Reach YOU, Its New Audience
August 31, 2014
Is it also genius and a classic work about the struggle between civilization and barbarism, between good and evil?Sloane Crosley’s Depressing Beach Reads
July 1, 2011
Historical Examples of barbarism
A Hottentot would not have been guilty of this sort of barbarism.American Notes
They rescued the people from barbarism, and uplifted the standard of the cross.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
He had all their virtues, and a considerable share of their barbarism.
In the barbarism of those times dueling was a common practice.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
Thank God, my darling, with all our barbarism, we have not come to that in Ireland.'Lord Kilgobbin
- a brutal, coarse, or ignorant act
- the condition of being backward, coarse, or ignorant
- a substandard or erroneously constructed or derived word or expression; solecism
- any act or object that offends against accepted taste
Word Origin for barbarism
mid-15c., "uncivilized or rude nature," from French barbarisme (13c.), from Latin barbarismus, from Greek barbarismos "foreign speech," from barbarizein "to do as a foreigner does" (see barbarian). Only of speech in Greek, Latin, and French; sense extended in English to "uncivilized condition."