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bɑrˈbɛər i ənbar·bar·ian

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. savage, barbariannoun

    a member of an uncivilized people

  2. peasant, barbarian, boor, churl, Goth, tyke, tikeadjective

    a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

  3. barbarian, barbaric, savage, uncivilized, uncivilised, wildadjective

    without civilizing influences

    "barbarian invaders"; "barbaric practices"; "a savage people"; "fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient"-Margaret Meade; "wild tribes"


  1. barbariannoun

    An uncivilized or uncultured person, originally compared to the hellenistic Greco-Roman civilisation; often associated with fighting or other such shows of strength.

  2. barbariannoun

    Someone from a developing country or backward culture.

  3. barbariannoun

    A warrior, clad in fur or leather, associated with Sword and Sorcery stories.

  4. barbarianadjective

    Relating to people, countries or customs perceived as uncivilized or inferior.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barbarianadjective

    Belonging to barbarians; savage.

    Some felt the silent stroke of mould’ring age,
    Barbarian blindness. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

  2. Barbariannoun

    It seems to have signified at first only foreign, or a foreigner; but, in time, implied some degree of wildness or cruelty.

    Etymology: barbarus, Lat.

    Proud Greece, all nations else barbarians held,
    Boasting, her learning all the world excell’d. John Denham.

    There were not different gods among the Greeks and barbarians. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Disc. on Romish Idolatry.

    But with descending show’rs of brimstone fir’d,
    The wild barbarian in the storm expir’d. Addison.

    I would they were barbarians, as they are,
    Though in Rome litter’d. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Thou fell barbarian!
    What had he done? what could provoke thy madness
    To assassinate so great, so brave a man! Ambrose Philips, D. Mot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barbariannoun

    a foreigner

  2. Barbariannoun

    a man in a rule, savage, or uncivilized state

  3. Barbariannoun

    a person destitute of culture

  4. Barbariannoun

    a cruel, savage, brutal man; one destitute of pity or humanity

  5. Barbarianadjective

    of, or pertaining to, or resembling, barbarians; rude; uncivilized; barbarous; as, barbarian governments or nations


  1. Barbarian

    The term "barbarian" refers to a person who is perceived to be uncivilized. The word is often used either in a general reference to member of a nation or ethnos, typically a tribal society as seen by an urban civilization either viewed as inferior, or admired as a noble savage. In idiomatic or figurative usage, a "barbarian" may also be an individual reference to a brutal, cruel, warlike, insensitive person. The term originates from the ancient Greek word βάρβαρος. Hence the Greek idiom "πᾶς μὴ Ἕλλην βάρβαρος" which literally means "whoever is not Greek is a barbarian". In ancient times, Greeks used it for the people of different cultures but also to deride other Greek tribes and states; in the early modern period and sometimes later, they used it for the Turks, in a clearly pejorative way. Comparable notions are found in non-European civilizations. In the Roman empire, Romans used the word barbarian for the Germans, Celts, Persians, Carthaginians, Iberians, Thracians, and in some respects the Greeks themselves.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of barbarian in a Sentence

  1. Arnold J. Toynbee:

    History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.

  2. Mariana Fulger:

    Culture sets apart man from barbarian, but not in all regards.

  3. Simms:

    The true law of the race is progress and development. Whatever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.

  4. George Bernard Shaw, "Ceasar and Cleopatra":

    Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.

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