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barbarism

[bahr-buh-riz-uh m] /ˈbɑr bəˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
a barbarous or uncivilized state or condition.
2.
a barbarous act; something belonging to or befitting a barbarous condition.
3.
the use in a language of forms or constructions felt by some to be undesirably alien to the established standards of the language.
4.
such a form or construction:
Some people consider “complected” as a barbarism.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin barbarismus < Greek barbarismós foreign way of speaking. See barbarous, -ism
Related forms
hyperbarbarism, noun
Can be confused
barbarism, barbarity.
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Examples for barbarism
  • Infanticide did not go out of fashion with the advance from savagery to barbarism and civilization.
  • There is no excuse for linguistic barbarism, especially on the part of academics.
  • Primping up ancient temples and then fleecing visitors to pay for them is cultural barbarism.
  • But it is also true that if the good find themselves driven to barbarism, they own up afterward and search their souls.
  • There you see the difference between the occasional horror of war and premeditated, conscious barbarism.
  • There are two responses to the barbarism now threatening so many across the world.
  • Dutch toleration entails positive individual freedom not toleration of fundamentalism and barbarism.
  • Conditions in this world are not visibly much different from barbarism.
  • On the border between civilization and barbarism war is generally normal because it must be under the conditions of barbarism.
  • They are as familiar as the cortège of the undertaker, and wear the same air of slow, funereal barbarism.
British Dictionary definitions for barbarism

barbarism

/ˈbɑːbəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
a brutal, coarse, or ignorant act
2.
the condition of being backward, coarse, or ignorant
3.
a substandard or erroneously constructed or derived word or expression; solecism
4.
any act or object that offends against accepted taste
Word Origin
C16: from Latin barbarismus error of speech, from Greek barbarismos, from barbarosbarbarous
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Word Origin and History for barbarism
barbarism
1570s, from Fr. barbarisme (13c.), from L. barbarismus, from Gk. barbarismos "foreign speech," from barbarizein "to do as a foreigner does" (see barbarian). Only of speech in Greek, Latin, and French, sense extended in English to "uncivilized condition" (1580s).
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