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Definitions for barbaric
bɑrˈbær ɪkbar·bar·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. barbaricadjective

    unrestrained and crudely rich

    "barbaric use of color or ornament"


  1. barbaricadjective

    Of or relating to a barbarian; uncivilised, uncultured or uncouth.

    Eating baby seals alive is barbaric.


  1. barbaric

    A barbarian, or savage, is someone who is perceived to be either uncivilized or primitive. The designation is usually applied as a generalization based on a popular stereotype; barbarians can be members of any nation judged by some to be less civilized or orderly (such as a tribal society) but may also be part of a certain "primitive" cultural group (such as nomads) or social class (such as bandits) both within and outside one's own nation. Alternatively, they may instead be admired and romanticised as noble savages. In idiomatic or figurative usage, a "barbarian" may also be an individual reference to a brutal, cruel, warlike, and insensitive person.The term originates from the Greek: βάρβαρος (barbaros pl. βάρβαροι barbaroi). In Ancient Greece, the Greeks used the term not only towards those who did not speak Greek and follow classical Greek customs, but also towards Greek populations on the fringe of the Greek world with peculiar dialects. In Ancient Rome, the Romans adapted and used the term towards tribal non-Romans such as the Berbers, Germanics, Celts, Iberians, Thracians, Illyrians, and Sarmatians. In the early modern period and sometimes later, the Byzantine Greeks used it for the Turks in a clearly pejorative manner. In Ancient China, references to barbarians go back as far as the Shang Dynasty and the Spring and Autumn Annals. "Lands beyond moral influence" (Chinese: 化外之地; pinyin: Huà wài zhī dì) or areas outside of range of the Emperor were generally labeled as "Barbarians" or uncivilized through the lens of Sinocentrism.


  1. barbaric

    Barbaric refers to behavior or comments that are extremely cruel, violent, or lacking in civilization and culture. It is often used to describe actions or attitudes that are considered distinctly inhuman, savage or brutal.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbaric in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbaric in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of barbaric in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    Stop this inhumane, barbaric policy, rescind your actions, take responsibility for it, this is not about immigration. This is about humanity. It’s about family. It’s about who we are as a country.

  2. Evolv CEO Peter George:

    It's barbaric if you're going to see your favorite sports team to have to go through metal detectors, this makes lines go away and it's safer because you have AI and machine learning models do the scanning.

  3. Joshua Dines:

    When someone comes in with a rotator cuff tear that I or a colleague deem irreparable and you tell them they need a shoulder replacement, that seems barbaric, it’s hard for them, a lot of the time, to grasp. This [option] makes it more palatable for the patient in terms of options.

  4. European Union:

    CPJ is shocked by the barbaric murder of journalist Victoria Marinova, bulgarian authorities must employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry and bring to justice those responsible.

  5. Salvador Panelo:

    We will not allow ourselves to be assaulted, to be bullied, to be the subject of such barbaric, uncivilized and outrageous actions.

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