barbarous

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbɑːrbərəs/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbɑrbərəs/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bärbər əs)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•ba•rous /ˈbɑrbərəs/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. not civilized;
    wild.
  2. savage;
    cruel.
bar•ba•rous•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
bar•ba•rous  (bärbər əs),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. uncivilized;
    wild;
    savage;
    crude.
  2. savagely cruel or harsh:The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.
  3. full of harsh sounds;
    noisy;
    discordant:an evening of wild and barbarous music.
  4. not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
  5. foreign;
    alien.
  6. Ancient History(among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.
barba•rous•ly, adv. 
barba•rous•ness, n. 
  • Greek bárbaros non-Greek, foreign, barbarian; akin to Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan; see -ous
  • Latin barbarus
  • late Middle English 1400–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  barbarian. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ferocious, inhuman, brutal.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
barbarous /ˈbɑːbərəs/ adj
  1. uncivilized; primitive
  2. brutal or cruel
  3. lacking refinement
Etymology: 15th Century: via Latin from Greek barbaros barbarian, non-Greek, in origin imitative of incomprehensible speech; compare Sanskrit barbara stammering, non-Aryan

ˈbarbarously adv ˈbarbarousness n
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