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.
(among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.
The barbarous Years, the long-awaited companion to Voyagers to the West, is an even greater achievement.
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However, very little information is gleaned from these barbarous methods.
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They wanted members of the public to see the consequence of what can only be described as their barbarous acts.
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Italian President Giorgio Napolitano called the attack “barbarous” and warned Italians not to return to those dark times.
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The collective trauma created by these barbarous acts is impossible to imagine, both in the U.S. and in the Middle East.
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He hoped to arm against the ambition of Rome all the barbarous nations his neighbours, whose liberty she threatened.
Legends of the Saxon Saints Aubrey de Vere
The people were the poorest and most barbarous which he had met.
Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
Antiochus, advancing suddenly, caught some of the Parthian troops at their barbarous work, and dispersed them without difficulty.
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This barbarous and savage entanglement is absolutely défendu.
Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 1, 1890 Various
The Romans looked on chequers as barbarous national characteristics, and left them to the Gauls and Britons.
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brutal or cruel
c.1400, “uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant,” from Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros (see barbarian). Meaning “not Greek or Latin” (of words or language) is from c.1500; that of “savagely cruel” is from 1580s.
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. Historical Examples Remember […]
a region in N Africa, extending from W of Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean and including the former Barbary States. Contemporary Examples We fought our first foreign war in Algiers to defeat the Barbary pirates. The Algeria Powder Keg Bruce Riedel January 20, 2013 Historical Examples I remarked to him, that every time I had […]
- Barbary ape
a tailless macaque, Macaca sylvanus, of mountain ranges in northwestern Africa, now greatly reduced in number: a small, managed colony of unknown origin is maintained on the Rock of Gibraltar. Historical Examples The magot is sometimes known as the Barbary ape, although of course it is not really an ape at all. The Animal World, […]
- Barbary coast
the Mediterranean coastline of the former Barbary States: former pirate refuge. the waterfront district of San Francisco in the 19th century, notorious for its cheap bars and nightclubs, prostitutes, gambling houses, and high incidence of crime. Historical Examples He found a squalid wine-shop in the quarter just below the Barbary Coast. The Best Short Stories […]