One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective barbarizing
Cause to become savage or uncultured.‘the barbarizing effect of four decades of rock 'n' roll’
- ‘It proposes a barbarising of the inside of a language (thus culture) such as is unavoidable for those coming to a culture from its outside.’
- ‘Kirkeby evidently was not above barbarizing them with crude strokes and muddy patches of overpainting when they threatened to become too accessible.’
- ‘The army itself was barbarized and turned into an instrument of sheer oppression.’
- ‘Other races were infantilised or barbarised, or held up as object lessons in the perils of racial degeneration.’
- ‘Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘speak using barbarisms’): from late Latin barbarizare, from Greek barbarizein ‘speak like a foreigner’.
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