Etymology
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barbarize (v.)

1640s, "speak or write like a barbarian," also "make barbarous," from Late Latin barbarizare, from Greek barbarizein "to do as a foreigner does," from barbaros "foreign, rude" (see barbarian (n.)). The meaning "corrupt a language by departing from standards" is from 1728. Related: Barbarized; barbarizing; barbarization.

updated on October 03, 2022

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