meaning of barbarian

barbarian meaning in General Dictionary

Of or pertaining to or resembling barbarians rude uncivilized barbarous as barbarian governing bodies or nations

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  • a part of an uncivilized people
  • without civilizing influences
  • a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking tradition or sophistication
  • A foreigner.
  • a guy in a rule, savage, or uncivilized condition.
  • an individual destitute of tradition.
  • A cruel, savage, brutal man; one destitute of pity or mankind.
  • Of, or pertaining to, or resembling, barbarians; rude; uncivilized; barbarous; because, barbarian governments or countries.

barbarian meaning in Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Medieval Latin barbarinus (supply of Old French barbarin "Berber, pagan, Saracen, barbarian"), from Latin barbaria "foreign country," from Greek barbaros "foreign, unusual, ignorant," from PIE root *barbar- echoic of unintelligible message of people from other countries (compare Sanskrit barbara- "stammering," additionally "non-Aryan," Latin balbus "stammering," Czech blblati "to stammer"). Greek barbaroi (n.) implied "all that are not Greek," but particularly the Medes and Persians. Originally not entirely pejorative, its feeling darkened after the Persian conflicts. The Romans (technically themselves barbaroi) used the phrase and used it to tribes or countries which had no Greek or Roman successes. The noun is from late 14c., "person speaking a language unlike an individual's own," also (c.1400) "native of this Barbary coastline;" meaning "rude, wild person" is from 1610s.


barbarian meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A foreigner.

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  • (letter.) A man in a rule, savage, or uncivilized condition.
  • (letter.) Someone destitute of tradition.
  • (letter.) A cruel, savage, brutal guy; one destitute of pity or mankind.
  • (a.) Of, or pertaining to, or resembling, barbarians; rude; uncivilized; barbarous; because, barbarian governments or countries.

Sentence Examples with the word barbarian

Little is known of the history of Pisa during the barbarian invasions, but it is an ascertained fact that it was one of the first towns to regain its independence.

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