Adjective "barbarous" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Extremely brutal.
  1. 'Acts of barbarous inhumanity are a grim reminder that, in the scheme of things, we are not much above wild animals.'
  2. 'Just curious - can I call them barbarous savages now?'
  3. 'You non-vegetarians are barbarous murderers, but please stop hurting our feelings by challenging the wisdom of a vegetarian diet!'
  4. 'Even today, Haitian occupation is portrayed as cruel and barbarous.'
  5. 'It might be harder still for some of us who have known people of influence and respect, who participated in policies which we regard today as outdated, barbarous, cruel and racist.'
  6. 'In imperial literature British rule meant law and British force signified the protection of the weak against a barbarous bully.'
  7. 'But even then - I don't think many Barbeloids would disagree that fox hunting is a cruel, barbarous anachronism.'
  8. 'By failing to provide a context for terrorism, the media portrayed terrorists as irrational and barbarous.'
  9. 'First, in order to be initiated, a person has to bind himself, by the most cruel and barbarous oaths, never to reveal any of Masonry's secrets.'
  10. 'I saw everything as a cruel, barbarous joke on me and I became cruel and barbarous so that I wouldn't be broken by it.'
Primitive and uncivilized.
  1. 'But was it fair to call Africa barbarous and uncivilized, and to say that the slave traders were doing no harm by removing people from that continent?'
  2. 'Justice Higgins argued in 1915 that conciliation and arbitration would provide a new ‘province of law and order’ to replace ‘the rude and barbarous process of strike and lockout’.'
  3. 'Or rather, did they strive to bring ‘civilization’ to the rude and barbarous peoples of the west and north?'
  4. 'The rites that he practised were of an uncouth, barbarous, and unusual nature.'
  5. 'Call me barbarous, call me ignorant, but at least I won't have this disturbing feeling that I'm helping someone make piles of money off whatever terrible event is unfolding at the moment.'
  6. 'I don't think it needs to be described in that barbarous language, which has become infected by that awful poltroon, Foucault.'
  7. 'In the ears of the new French lords and their clerks, English had a barbarous sound, and there followed an onslaught on the old vernacular.'
  8. 'Full of zesty barbarous language and wordplay, it reminds me of why Wilde is so revered.'

More definitions

1. uncivilized; wild; savage; crude.

2. savagely cruel or harsh: The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.

3. full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: an evening of wild and barbarous music.

4. not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.

5. foreign; alien.

6. (among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.

More examples(as adjective)

"practices can be barbarous by standards."

"acts can be barbarous."

"societies can be barbarous."

"assassinations can be barbarous."

"crimes can be barbarous."

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Late Middle English (in barbarous (sense 2)): via Latin from Greek barbaros ‘foreign’ + -ous.