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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 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

uncivilized; primitive
brutal or cruel
lacking refinement

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.


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