- uncivilized; wild; savage; crude.
- savagely cruel or harsh: The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.
- full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: an evening of wild and barbarous music.
- not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
- foreign; alien.
- (among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.
Origin of barbarous
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Examples from the Web for barbarous
The collective trauma created by these barbarous acts is impossible to imagine, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.One Former Hostage Says Negotiate With ISIS, And Pay Ransoms If You Must
September 6, 2014
Orwellian, Malthusian, barbarous, depraved…I think you get me.Conservatives Find Typo in Obamacare, Try to Kill People With It
July 22, 2014
They wanted members of the public to see the consequence of what can only be described as their barbarous acts.U.K. Beheading Trial’s Grisly Start
November 30, 2013
However, very little information is gleaned from these barbarous methods.‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Doesn’t Promote Torture
December 11, 2012
The Barbarous Years, the long-awaited companion to Voyagers to the West, is an even greater achievement.“The Barbarous Years”: What 17th-Century America Really Looked Like
November 22, 2012
The most ignorant and barbarous of these barbarians carry the report abroad.
The people were the poorest and most barbarous which he had met.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
This barbarous and savage entanglement is absolutely défendu.
That sort of morality is good for your mountain peasants or other barbarous tribes.The Book of Khalid
They are measured by the horror which they arouse in a barbarous age.Laws
- uncivilized; primitive
- brutal or cruel
- lacking refinement
Word Origin and History for barbarous
c.1400, "uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant," from Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros (see barbarian). Meaning "not Greek or Latin" (of words or language) is from c.1500; that of "savagely cruel" is from 1580s.