Adjective "barbaric" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Savagely cruel.
  1. 'This cruel and barbaric trade must be stopped immediately.'
  2. 'Hare hunting is a cruel and barbaric pastime carried out without respect for our wildlife.'
  3. 'He also claims that the reaction from those living and working in the countryside will be much stronger if more Parliamentary time is devoted to ending this cruel and barbaric pastime.'
  4. 'The area is deathly quiet, except for the sound of pelting rain and the soft voice of our guide, calmly and precisely detailing acts of barbaric savagery which still beggar the imagination.'
  5. 'If those who have the power to change this law have listened to my story, then I hope they will see that the law is cruel, barbaric and inhumane.'
  6. 'We too are firmly of the view that a line needs to be drawn on the barbaric and cruel country pursuits steeped in the feudal values of an age gone by.'
  7. 'It was a gradual understanding of the sheer wrongness of my actions by my participation in such a cruel, barbaric industry.'
  8. 'That would have been a cruel, barbaric and completely unnecessary level of violence, wouldn't it?'
  9. 'By no measure was she cruel and barbaric, but the Lyin had threatened her kingdom for near on centuries, and their display of aggression had finally pushed the Vaxen into battle.'
  10. 'First, will this new society ever stop the cruel, barbaric treatment of farm animals that suffer from their birth to their horrific death?'
Primitive; unsophisticated.
  1. 'The French-speaking conquerors of 1066 found none of this intelligible: to their ears Anglo-Saxon was barbaric and uncouth.'
  2. 'Gold bracelets and anklets, and rings on his fingers and toes thickly studded with gems completed the picture of barbaric splendour, ‘their piece exceeding that of a fine city’.'
  3. 'Perhaps she has forgotten that every year, millions of animals, including rabbits, minks, foxes, and raccoons, are trapped in the wild in barbaric steel-jaw leghold traps.'
  4. 'May we change barbaric, vulgar, and amoral political behavior via the political aesthetic?'
  5. 'The three on the left are angular distortions of Classical figures, while the violently dislocated features and bodies of the other two have all the barbaric qualities of primitive art.'
  6. 'It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.'
  7. 'drinking undiluted wine was considered barbaric'
  8. 'They would act as messengers and help organize or establish the central government to calm the barbaric behavior of these primitive races.'
  9. 'What a contrast between the amity and beauty of the temples of Khajuraho and the primitive, barbaric, dehumanised events in Gujarat.'
  10. 'Hunting is a barbaric remnant from our primitive past.'
  11. 'The death of any living creature to satisfy an urge based in a primitive and barbaric past is morally wrong.'
  12. 'I smirked, ‘Well I suppose even someone as rude and barbaric as me has manners.’'
  13. 'We pummeled each other to the ground, screaming and yelling like our ancestors: barbaric Neanderthals.'
  14. 'One is an ethical commonplace, that slavery is intrinsically barbaric, regardless of the particular identification of the slaveholders and the enslaved.'
  15. 'He implied that there were civilizations and civil peoples, barbaric societies and uncivil peoples.'
  16. 'Today, most of us in the Christian world would consider it primitive and barbaric to suggest that anyone be hounded or killed for communing with Satan.'
  17. 'Those who don't like boys-only schools would say they are barbaric and uncivilised.'

More definitions

1. without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive: barbaric invaders.

2. of, like, or befitting barbarians: a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.

3. crudely rich or splendid: barbaric decorations.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be barbaric in processes."

"cruelties can be barbaric in societies."

"acts can be barbaric."

"practices can be barbaric."

"sports can be barbaric."

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Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘a barbarian’): from Old French barbarique, or via Latin from Greek barbarikos, from barbaros ‘foreign’ (especially with reference to speech).