barbarian

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bɑːrˈbɛərɪən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bɑrˈbɛriən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bär bârē ən)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•bar•i•an /bɑrˈbɛriən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person regarded as wild, primitive, or uncivilized.
bar•bar•i•an•ism, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•bar•i•an  (bär bârē ən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person in a savage, primitive state;
    uncivilized person.
  2. a person without culture, refinement, or education;
    philistine.
  3. (loosely) a foreigner.
  4. (in ancient and medieval periods)
    • a non-Greek.
    • a person living outside, esp. north of, the Roman Empire.
    • a person not living in a Christian country or within a Christian civilization.
  5. (among Italians during the Renaissance) a person of non-Italian origin.

adj. 
  1. uncivilized;
    crude;
    savage.
  2. foreign;
    alien.
bar•bari•an•ism, n. 
  • Latin barbari(a) barbarous country (see barbarous, -ia) + -an
  • 1540–50
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged alien.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rude, primitive, wild, rough, barbaric, coarse, ignorant, uncultivated.
      Barbarian, barbaric, barbarous pertain to uncivilized people.
      Barbarian is the general word for anything uncivilized:a barbarian tribe.Barbaric has both unfavorable and mildly favorable connotations, implying crudeness of taste or practice, or conveying an idea of rude magnificence and splendor:barbaric noise.Barbarous emphasizes the inhumanity and cruelty of barbarian life:barbarous customs.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cultivated, civilized.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
barbarian /bɑːˈbɛərɪən/ n
  1. a member of a primitive or uncivilized people
  2. a coarse, insensitive, or uncultured person
  3. a vicious person
adj
  1. of an uncivilized culture
  2. insensitive, uncultured, or brutal
Etymology: 16th Century: see barbarous
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