without civilizing influences; uncivilized; primitive:
of, like, or befitting barbarians:
a barbaric empire; barbaric practices.
crudely rich or splendid:
According to Bale, Moses was “one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.”
Christian Bale: One Man’s Moses Is Another Man’s Terrorist Candida Moss, Joel Baden December 6, 2014
Rome wants and needs to be a capital of dialogue and peace, not a barbaric battleground.
Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews Barbie Latza Nadeau July 28, 2014
The British government is putting its money where its mouth is with a bold plan to end the barbaric practice.
David Cameron’s Ambitious Plan To End Female Genital Mutilation Lizzie Crocker March 5, 2013
I love his resistance to the “barbaric” custom of handshakes.
Why Candidate Trump Is Leading the Polls Matt Latimer April 12, 2011
I was really enjoying myself, completely forgetting about the barbaric acts that were occurring in my mouth.
Gina Gershon’s Trip to Heaven in the Dentist’s Chair Gina Gershon October 22, 2012
Down the center of the street advanced a gaudy procession headed by a barbaric priestess.
The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy Florence Partello Stuart
We had not, however, taken into account the obtuseness of a barbaric despot.
Freeland Theodor Hertzka
He was a barbaric and war-like figure and the girls unconsciously shrunk back as he danced by them.
The Motor Maids Across the Continent Katherine Stokes
There are other countries where this relic of the barbaric ages doesn’t exist.
The Woman Thou Gavest Me Hall Caine
The trading spirit rose and flourished, and the barbaric hereditary jurisdictions were abolished.
The World’s Greatest Books, Vol XII. Arthur Mee
of or characteristic of barbarians
primitive or unsophisticated; unrestrained
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.
having barbs. calculated to wound; cutting: a professor noted for his barbed criticisms. a point or pointed part projecting backward from a main point, as of a fishhook or arrowhead. an obviously or openly unpleasant or carping remark. Botany, Zoology. a hooked or sharp bristle. Ornithology. one of the processes attached to the rachis of […]
- Barbed tape
concertina wire. wire with razor-sharp edges or projections, placed in coils as a barrier along the tops of fences or walls, as at a prison.
- Barbed tributary
a tributary that joins its mainstream in an upstream direction rather than in the more common downstream direction.
- Barbed wire
a wire or strand of wires having small pieces of sharply pointed wire twisted around it at short intervals, used chiefly for fencing in livestock, keeping out trespassers, etc. Contemporary Examples This infrastructure will include a ten-foot-high, gray concrete wall, topped with barbed wire, which will ring the dormitories. This Cairo College Campus Is Now […]