uncivilized; wild; savage; crude.
savagely cruel or harsh: The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.
full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: an evening of wild and barbarous music.
not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
foreign; alien.
(among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin barbarus < Greek bárbaros non-Greek, foreign, barbarian; akin to Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan; see -ous

barbarously, adverb
barbarousness, noun
hyperbarbarous, adjective
hyperbarbarously, adverb
hyperbarbarousness, noun
nonbarbarous, adjective
nonbarbarously, adverb
nonbarbarousness, noun
prebarbarous, adjective
prebarbarously, adverb
prebarbarousness, noun
unbarbarous, adjective
unbarbarously, adverb
unbarbarousness, noun

1. See barbarian. 2. ferocious, inhuman, brutal. Unabridged
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barbarous (ˈbɑːbərəs)
1.  uncivilized; primitive
2.  brutal or cruel
3.  lacking refinement
[C15: via Latin from Greek barbaros barbarian, non-Greek, in origin imitative of incomprehensible speech; compare Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, "not Greek or Latin" (pertaining to words or language), from L. barbarus, from Gk. barbaros (see barbarian). Meaning "uncultured, savage" is recorded from 1530s; that of "savagely cruel" is from 1580s.
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Example sentences
Wild rivalries of savage, barbarous and civilized races.
He viewed the region both as a barbarous source of potential riches and as a huge tract in pressing need of civilization.
Inanimate nature has proved more yielding than they imagined, human nature more stubborn and barbarous than they supposed.
In truth, the gold standard is already a barbarous relic.
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