barbarize

[ bahr-buh-rahyz ]
/ ˈbɑr bəˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), bar·ba·rized, bar·ba·riz·ing.

to make barbarous; brutalize; corrupt: foreign influences barbarizing the Latin language.

verb (used without object), bar·ba·rized, bar·ba·riz·ing.

to become barbarous; lapse into barbarism.
to use barbarisms in speaking or writing.

Nearby words

  1. barbarian,
  2. barbarianize,
  3. barbaric,
  4. barbarism,
  5. barbarity,
  6. barbarossa,
  7. barbarossa i,
  8. barbarossa ii,
  9. barbarossa, frederick,
  10. barbarous

Also especially British, bar·ba·rise.

Origin of barbarize

1635–45; partly < Greek barbarízein, equivalent to bárbar(os) barbarian + -izein -ize; partly barbar(ous) + -ize

Related formsbar·ba·ri·za·tion, nounde·bar·ba·rize, verb (used with object), de·bar·ba·rized, de·bar·ba·riz·ing.un·bar·ba·rize, verb (used with object), un·bar·ba·rized, un·bar·ba·riz·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for barbarize

barbarize

barbarise

/ (ˈbɑːbəˌraɪz) /

verb

to make or become barbarous
to use barbarisms in (language)
Derived Formsbarbarization or barbarisation, noun

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