What does barbarous mean?

Definitions for barbarous
ˈbɑr bər əsbar·barous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbarous, brutal, cruel, fell, roughshod, savage, vicious(adj)

    (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. barbarous(adj)

    primitive in customs and culture


  1. barbarous(Adjective)

    Not classical or pure.

  2. barbarous(Adjective)

    uncivilized, uncultured

  3. barbarous(Adjective)

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

  4. Origin: From barbarus, from βάρβαρος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barbarous(adj)

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

  2. Barbarous(adj)

    foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste

  3. Barbarous(adj)

    cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless

  4. Barbarous(adj)

    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. 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.

  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. Vladimir Lenin:

    You all know that even when women have full rights, they still remain fatally downtrodden because all housework is left to them. In most cases housework is the most unproductive, the most barbarous and the most arduous work a woman can do. It is exceptionally petty and does not include anything that would in any way promote the development of the woman.

  4. Herman Melville:

    We may have civilized bodies and yet barbarous souls. We are blind to the real sights of this world; deaf to its voice; and dead to its death. And not till we know, that one grief outweighs ten thousand joys will we become what Christianity is striving to make us.

  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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