barbarian


barbarian
barbarian [bär ber′ē ən]
n.
[< L barbarus,BARBAROUS]
1. Obs. an alien or foreigner: in the ancient world applied esp. to non-Greeks, non-Romans, or non-Christians
2. a member of a people or group with a civilization regarded as primitive, savage, etc.
3.
a) a person who lacks culture
b) a coarse or unmannerly person; boor
4. a savage, cruel person; brute
adj.
of or like a barbarian; esp.,
a) uncivilized; crude
b) cruel; barbarous
barbarianism
n.
SYN.- BARBARIAN basically refers to a civilization regarded as primitive, usually without further connotation [the Anglo-Saxons were a barbarian people ]; BARBARIC suggests the crudeness and lack of restraint regarded as characteristic of primitive peoples [barbaric splendor ]; BARBAROUS connotes the cruelty and brutality regarded as characteristic of primitive people [barbarous warfare ]; SAVAGE implies a more primitive civilization than BARBARIAN and connotes even greater fierceness and cruelty [a savage inquisition ] -ANT. CIVILIZED

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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