becoming inside state of a barbarian uncivilized rude peopled with barbarians as a barbarous individuals a barbarous country
- (of persons or their actions) in a position or disposed to inflict discomfort or suffering
- ancient in customs and tradition
- becoming in state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled with barbarians; as, a barbarous people; a barbarous country.
- international; adapted to a barbaric flavor.
- Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless.
- unlike the pure idioms of a language.
1. Primitive in tradition and traditions; uncivilized.2. Lacking sophistication or culture; coarse.3. Characterized by savagery; really harsh or intense.
c.1400, "uncivilized, uncultured, ignorant," from Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros (see barbarian). Meaning "perhaps not Greek or Latin" (of words or language) is from c.1500; compared to "savagely cruel" is from 1580s.
(a.) Being inside condition of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled with barbarians; since, a barbarous men and women; a barbarous nation.
- (a.) international; adjusted to a barbaric taste.
- (a.) Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless.
- (a.) As opposed to the pure idioms of a language.
Diodorus records a barbarous attempt made by the Aradians, about 148 B.C. to destroy Marathus, which was frustrated by the pity and courage of an Aradian fisherman (xxxiii.