[ bahr-ber-uhs ]
/ ˈbɑr bər əs /


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

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin barbarus < Greek bárbaros non-Greek, foreign, barbarian; akin to Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan; see -ous


synonym study for barbarous

1. See barbarian. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for barbarous

/ (ˈbɑːbərəs) /


uncivilized; primitive
brutal or cruel
lacking refinement

Derived forms of barbarous

barbarously, adverbbarbarousness, noun

Word Origin for barbarous

C15: via Latin from Greek barbaros barbarian, non-Greek, in origin imitative of incomprehensible speech; compare Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan
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