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[bahr-bar-ik] /bɑrˈbær ɪk/
without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive:
barbaric invaders.
of, like, or befitting barbarians:
a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.
crudely rich or splendid:
barbaric decorations.
Origin of barbaric
1480-90; < Latin barbaricus < Greek barbarikós. See barbarous, -ic
Related forms
barbarically, adverb
nonbarbaric, adjective
prebarbaric, adjective
1, 3. See barbarian. Unabridged
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  • The hubbub simply illustrates the sports community's denial about the barbaric nature of boxing.
  • Actions deemed odd, psychotic or even barbaric by one culture may be perfectly acceptable to another.
  • Click through the gallery for the first scenes from this barbaric event.
  • If you engage with barbarians on the other side then one inevitably becomes barbaric.
  • Against that, our legal system can be barbaric and draconian.
  • And even so, illegalizing speech is barbaric, even if it is barbaric speech.
  • Seeing a fellow trooper killed by a barbaric enemy can spark frustration, anger, and a desire for immediate revenge.
  • Terrorism only sets everyone back to more barbaric levels, and more secrecy and underhandedness.
  • But we're still hopeful for some good clean barbaric fun, with the lamentation and all that.
  • Simply having entered the plea does not mean any verdict that goes against you is barbaric.
British Dictionary definitions for barbaric


of or characteristic of barbarians
primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
Derived Forms
barbarically, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin barbaricus foreign, outlandish; see barbarous
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Word Origin and History for barbaric

late 15c., "uncultured, uncivilized, unpolished," from French barbarique (15c.), from Latin barbaricus "foreign, strange, outlandish," from Greek barbarikos "like a foreigner," from barbaros "foreign, rude" (see barbarian). Meaning "pertaining to barbarians" is from 1660s.

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