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Meaning of BARBAROUS

Pronunciation:  'bârburus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  primitive in customs and culture
  2. [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"

BARBAROUS is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: brutal, cruel, fell, inhumane, noncivilised, noncivilized, roughshod, savage, vicious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bar"ba*rous\, a. [L. barbarus, Gr. ?, strange,
foreign; later, slavish, rude, ignorant; akin to L. balbus
stammering, Skr. barbara stammering, outlandish. Cf. {Brave},
1. Being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude;
   peopled with barbarians; as, a barbarous people; a
   barbarous country.

2. Foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste. [Obs.]

         Barbarous gold.                       --Dryden.

3. Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless.

         By their barbarous usage he died within a few days,
         to the grief of all that knew him.    --Clarendon.

4. Contrary to the pure idioms of a language.

         A barbarous expression                --G. Campbell.

Syn: Uncivilized; unlettered; uncultivated; untutored;
     ignorant; merciless; brutal. See {Ferocious}.

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