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.
Remember the touching story of Adonis, barbarously wounded, surviving in a pine, where he weeps eternally.
The Heart of the White Mountains, Their Legend and Scenery Samuel Adams Drake
Were it not you, I should know how (barbarously as you are used) to advise you in a moment.
Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
She now first bursting into tears, told him how barbarously she had been treated.
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling Henry Fielding
He has treated me barbarously, but not quite so ill as he did the Bishop of Rochester.
The Lyon in Mourning, Vol. 1 Robert Forbes
I found the Pole burnishing his accoutrements, and singing, in French most barbarously broken, the burden of a chanson boire.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 389, March 1848 Various
Who has barbarously wronged my character since I left you Monday?
Cecilia, Volume 2 (of 3) Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d’Arblay)
The Emperor of China does not guard his secrets quite so barbarously.
A Diplomatic Woman Huan Mee
Upwards of 2,000 were barbarously put to death within three days.
Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh Augustus F. Lindley
Our delicate French epicurism is doubtless about to be put to a rude test by the barbarously heavy German cooking.
Wagner at Home Judith Gautier
He the while, was dragged to the feet of the chief and barbarously butchered.
The White Hand and the Black Bertram Mitford
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.
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 […]
- Barbary coast wars
wars fought along the coast of North Africa 1801–15 over the harassment of U.S. ships despite the payment of tribute money to the piratical Barbary States.