- 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-Christians2. a member of a people or group with a civilization regarded as primitive, savage, etc.3.a) a person who lacks cultureb) a coarse or unmannerly person; boor4. a savage, cruel person; bruteadj.of or like a barbarian; esp.,a) uncivilized; crudeb) cruel; barbarousbarbarianismn.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. V. Neufeldt. 2014.