What does barbarous mean?

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ˈbɑr bər əsbar·barous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, viciousadjective

    (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

    "a barbarous crime"; "brutal beatings"; "cruel tortures"; "Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks"; "a savage slap"; "vicious kicks"

  2. barbarousadjective

    primitive in customs and culture


  1. barbarousadjective

    Not classical or pure.

    Etymology: From barbarus, from βάρβαρος.

  2. barbarousadjective

    uncivilized, uncultured

    Etymology: From barbarus, from βάρβαρος.

  3. barbarousadjective

    Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.

    Etymology: From barbarus, from βάρβαρος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barbarousadjective

    being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled with barbarians; as, a barbarous people; a barbarous country

  2. Barbarousadjective

    foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste

  3. Barbarousadjective

    cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless

  4. Barbarousadjective

    contrary to the pure idioms of a language

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barbarous

    bär′bar-us, adj. uncivilised: rude: savage: brutal.—adjs. Bar′baresque, pertaining to Barbary: barbarous, esp. in art; Barbār′ian, uncivilised: savage: without taste or refinement: foreign.—n. an uncivilised man, a savage: a cruel, brutal man.—adj. Barbar′ic, foreign: uncivilised.—n. Barbarisā′tion.—v.t. Bar′barise, to make barbarous: to corrupt as a language.—ns. Bar′barism, savage life: rudeness of manners: an incorrect form of speech; Barbar′ity, savageness: cruelty.—adv. Bar′barously.—n. Bar′barousness. [L.—Gr. barbaros, foreign, lit. stammering, from the unfamiliar sound of foreign tongues.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbarous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barbarous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of barbarous in a Sentence

  1. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    Hamlet is a course and barbarous play. One might think the work is the product of a drunken savage's imagination.

  2. Jan Smuts:

    Nazism ... destroys the very soul of our civilization ... I have not taken the same grave view of Bolshevism, for it never was clear to me that Bolshevism, in spite of its brutalities and cruelties, really threatened the essentials of our ethical civilization. And after all it was a revolution of a semi-barbarous people against a rotten government and an effete church. Nazi-ism in highly cultured Germany is a very different affair.

  3. June Jordan:

    Language is political. That's why you and me, my Brother and Sister, that's why we supposed to choke our natural self into the weird, lying, barbarous, unreal, white speech and writing habits that the schools lay down like holy law. Because, in other words, the powerful don't play; they mean to keep that power, and those who are the powerless (you and me) better shape up --mimic/ape/suck --in the very image of the powerful, or the powerful will destroy you --you and our children.

  4. Chris Smith:

    In granting Beijing host status for the Olympic Games, we are crowning a barbarous regime with laurels while we should be condemning their abuse and genocide.

  5. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    It breaks immortality's neck. Contemplates crime and therefore halts it; It humbles barbarous nations, And makes of savages, champions! ("Por La Education")

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    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    • A. depend
    • B. acclaim
    • C. doom
    • D. emerge

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