Etymology
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barbarous (adj.)

c. 1400, "uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant," from Latin barbarus "strange, foreign, barbarous," from Greek barbaros "foreign, uncivilized" (see barbarian (n.)). Meaning "not Greek or Latin" (of words or language) is from c. 1500; that of "savagely cruel" is from 1580s. Related: Barbarously; barbarousness.

updated on March 30, 2017

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Definitions of barbarous from WordNet

barbarous (adj.)
(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering;
a barbarous crime
Synonyms: brutal / cruel / fell / roughshod / savage / vicious
barbarous (adj.)
primitive in customs and culture;
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