Definition of barbaric in English:

barbaric

adjective

  • 1Savagely cruel.

    ‘he carried out barbaric acts in the name of war’
    • ‘It was a gradual understanding of the sheer wrongness of my actions by my participation in such a cruel, barbaric industry.’
    • ‘We too are firmly of the view that a line needs to be drawn on the barbaric and cruel country pursuits steeped in the feudal values of an age gone by.’
    • ‘He subjected the 27-year-old mother to a savage, barbaric, and brutal ordeal.’
    • ‘By no measure was she cruel and barbaric, but the Lyin had threatened her kingdom for near on centuries, and their display of aggression had finally pushed the Vaxen into battle.’
    • ‘Many will voice the opinion that circumcision is a cruel, barbaric procedure that can traumatize the baby.’
    • ‘That would have been a cruel, barbaric and completely unnecessary level of violence, wouldn't it?’
    • ‘The organizers must do everything they can to prevent barbaric, inhumane acts of violence from occurring there.’
    • ‘First, will this new society ever stop the cruel, barbaric treatment of farm animals that suffer from their birth to their horrific death?’
    • ‘Hunting with dogs is a cruel, barbaric and unnecessary pastime.’
    • ‘That is cruel and barbaric, not to mention uncaring.’
    • ‘The area is deathly quiet, except for the sound of pelting rain and the soft voice of our guide, calmly and precisely detailing acts of barbaric savagery which still beggar the imagination.’
    • ‘Hunting has nothing to do with pest control and everything to do with a cruel, barbaric pastime.’
    • ‘‘Fox hunting is barbaric, it's cruel,’ he stormed.’
    • ‘‘We intend to eradicate this cruel, barbaric practice’, said a civil leader.’
    • ‘He also claims that the reaction from those living and working in the countryside will be much stronger if more Parliamentary time is devoted to ending this cruel and barbaric pastime.’
    • ‘This cruel and barbaric trade must be stopped immediately.’
    • ‘Hare hunting is a cruel and barbaric pastime carried out without respect for our wildlife.’
    • ‘If those who have the power to change this law have listened to my story, then I hope they will see that the law is cruel, barbaric and inhumane.’
    • ‘This guy defended his actions with these extremely lame statements that show how clueless he really is to how cruel and barbaric his actions were.’
    • ‘History will judge the actions of your government as cruel and barbaric.’
    cruel, brutal, barbarous, brutish, bestial, savage, vicious, fierce, ferocious, wicked, nasty, ruthless, remorseless, merciless, villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, low-down, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible
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  • 2Primitive; unsophisticated.

    ‘the barbaric splendour he found in civilizations since destroyed’
    • ‘The three on the left are angular distortions of Classical figures, while the violently dislocated features and bodies of the other two have all the barbaric qualities of primitive art.’
    • ‘Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.’
    • ‘The roof is like military wreckage left by an alien civilization; the material is coarse and barbaric.’
    • ‘Gold bracelets and anklets, and rings on his fingers and toes thickly studded with gems completed the picture of barbaric splendour, ‘their piece exceeding that of a fine city’.’
    • ‘May we change barbaric, vulgar, and amoral political behavior via the political aesthetic?’
    • ‘It was the barbaric form of primitivism that the print media continually drew from in its characterisations of my research.’
    • ‘It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive and sexist.’
    • ‘The French-speaking conquerors of 1066 found none of this intelligible: to their ears Anglo-Saxon was barbaric and uncouth.’
    • ‘Perhaps she has forgotten that every year, millions of animals, including rabbits, minks, foxes, and raccoons, are trapped in the wild in barbaric steel-jaw leghold traps.’
    • ‘His arrangements fascinate - wild, barbaric, absolutely unscholarly - and yet he has absorbed and extended the musical essence of the originals.’
    • ‘Amara found this imprisonment rather crude and barbaric.’
    • ‘All my children have been engaged in this right now, though they are biased about it being primitive, barbaric and a bit too demanding.’
    uncivilized, primitive, unsophisticated, barbarous, heathen
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    1. 2.1 Uncivilized and uncultured.
      ‘drinking undiluted wine was considered barbaric’
      • ‘I suspect that most rational New Zealanders would argue that this is not ethical development at all, but barbaric and uncivilised, and that these beliefs have no place with a State broadcaster.’
      • ‘The Indians were thought of as uncivilized, barbaric beings, but much to the immigrants' surprise, they were mostly wrong.’
      • ‘What can we, the uncultured, unsophisticated, unwashed, barbaric, tacky and ignorant masses learn from the Mother Continent this time around?’
      • ‘The Emperor is thus uncouth and barbaric in his wealth.’
      • ‘The death of any living creature to satisfy an urge based in a primitive and barbaric past is morally wrong.’
      • ‘Britain in 1954 was not barbaric towards its prisoners and miscarriages of justice were hardly common.’
      • ‘He rejects empiricism, reason and logic for a primitive bloodlust that can only be described as barbaric.’
      • ‘Hunting is a barbaric remnant from our primitive past.’
      • ‘We pummeled each other to the ground, screaming and yelling like our ancestors: barbaric Neanderthals.’
      • ‘Many aikidoka have been led to believe that Daito-ryu is barbaric, unrefined, and spiritually bankrupt.’
      • ‘Today, most of us in the Christian world would consider it primitive and barbaric to suggest that anyone be hounded or killed for communing with Satan.’
      • ‘Many believed that slavery was a barbaric and primitive institution and that those who condoned it were, therefore, primitive and barbaric.’
      • ‘He implied that there were civilizations and civil peoples, barbaric societies and uncivil peoples.’
      • ‘What a contrast between the amity and beauty of the temples of Khajuraho and the primitive, barbaric, dehumanised events in Gujarat.’
      • ‘I smirked, ‘Well I suppose even someone as rude and barbaric as me has manners.’’
      • ‘He did not think that Kiril was below him, that he was barbaric and uncivilized.’
      • ‘They would act as messengers and help organize or establish the central government to calm the barbaric behavior of these primitive races.’
      • ‘One is an ethical commonplace, that slavery is intrinsically barbaric, regardless of the particular identification of the slaveholders and the enslaved.’
      • ‘Sunnis view Shi'ites the way white South Africans viewed blacks, and now feel disenfranchised, seeing the barbaric heathens threatening to rule their country.’
      • ‘Those who don't like boys-only schools would say they are barbaric and uncivilised.’
      coarse, uncouth, rude, discourteous, impolite, ungentlemanly, unladylike, ill-bred, ill-mannered, churlish, gruff, uncivilized, uncultured, uncultivated, unsophisticated, unrefined, common, rough, thuggish, loutish
      uncivilized, primitive, unsophisticated, barbarous, heathen
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Origin

Late Middle English (as a noun in the sense ‘a barbarian’): from Old French barbarique, or via Latin from Greek barbarikos, from barbaros ‘foreign’ (especially with reference to speech).

Pronunciation

barbaric

/bɑːˈbarɪk/