Of or from barbarian nations foreign frequently with reference to barbarous nations of east
- unrestrained and crudely wealthy
- without civilizing influences
late 15c., "uncultured, uncivilized, unpolished," from French barbarique (15c.), from Latin barbaricus "foreign, strange, outlandish," from Greek barbarikos "like a foreigner," from barbaros "foreign, rude" (see barbarian). Indicating "pertaining to barbarians" is from 1660s.
The most favoured areas were those where corn and other plants could be artificially produced, and there barbaric cultures were elaborated.