a barbarous or uncivilized state or 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.
- hy·per·bar·bar·ism, noun
- barbarism , barbarity
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How to use barbarism in a sentence
The Ukrainian defenders are wisely withdrawing in the face of this reckless barbarism, but at a high price to their own morale and their will to continue the fight.The New Russian Offensive Is Intended to Project Power It Cannot Sustain | Frederick W. Kagan | June 6, 2022 | Time
He does not like the army’s current “What’s your warrior” marketing campaign, because “warrior” speaks of barbarism to him.Gen. Stanley McChrystal Would Have Done Things Differently in Afghanistan | Belinda Luscombe | October 5, 2021 | Time
I write it out of shame, and identification that this kind of barbarism resonated with me as well.
Yet while it’s easy to think of the group through the lens of medieval barbarism, it is also showing smart tactical thinking in its military approach.Butterfly Effect: Why Taliban 2.0 Is More Dangerous | Charu Kasturi | August 12, 2021 | Ozy
However, these stances relativistically position ankle monitors as “better than” incarceration, and avoid tough conversations about the barbarism of the devices themselves.Covid-19 has led to a worrisome uptick in the use of electronic ankle monitors | Amy Nordrum | October 8, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
“barbarism,” said retired NYPD Officer Jim Smith on Thursday.
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 | Michael Signer | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This war, said Poroshenko, is a “choice between civilization and barbarism.”Ukraine’s President Wowed Congress, But His Party Has a Dark Side | Anna Nemtsova | September 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Jacob Siegel | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“ISIS is pure barbarism, it is bloodthirsty,” Marchouch told The Daily Beast in an interview.
A barber having a dispute with a parish clerk on a point of grammar, the latter said it was a downright barbarism, indeed.The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun; | Various
This monstrous medley gave birth to the macaroni style, the very climax of barbarism.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10) | Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Tis funny to be thus of two civilisations—or, if you like, of one civilisation and one barbarism.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25) | Robert Louis Stevenson
Perhaps the influence of the Berber blood in the population helps to prolong this barbarism.
Every nation, even those which are but just emerging from barbarism, has its domestic animals.Buffon's Natural History. Volume VII (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for barbarism
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
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