Definition of barbarian in English:

barbarian

Line breaks: bar|bar¦ian
Pronunciation: /bɑːˈbɛːrɪən
 
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noun

1(In ancient times) a member of a people not belonging to one of the great civilizations (Greek, Roman, Christian): the city was besieged by the barbarians
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  • It was arrogant pretension of the ancient Greeks to imagine that barbarians were slaves by nature.
  • Hadrian, we are informed by his fourth-century biographer, built his wall to divide the Romans from the barbarians.
  • Although the Roman aristocrats despised the barbarians, many also believed that they could use them to their own purposes.
1.1An uncultured or brutish person: you arrogant barbarian!
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  • It has become very fashionable in the middle reaches of government to beat up on the Americans as being uncultured barbarians.
  • The arrogant barbarians were again shown that they could never defeat The Chosen People.
  • Texans were more or less thought of as yahoo barbarians somewhere between the Beverly Hillbillies and Deliverance.
Synonyms
savage, brute, beast, wild man/woman, troglodyte; ruffian, lout, thug, vandal, hoodlum, hooligan, rowdy; boor, oaf, ignoramus, philistine, vulgarian, yahoo
informal clod, clodhopper, roughneck
British informal yobbo, yob, lager lout, oik
Australian/New Zealand informal hoon

adjective

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1Relating to ancient barbarians: barbarian invasions
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  • But that attaches all of the barbarian interlude to ancient history, which is counter to our usual notions.
  • And maybe that date will be viewed in future centuries as the beginning of the great barbarian invasions.
  • This promising line of thought takes us back to the barbarian invasions that overwhelmed Rome in the 5th century.
1.1Uncultured; brutish.
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  • The view of the cross as the sacrifice for the sins of the world is a barbarian idea based on primitive concepts of God and must be dismissed.
  • Terminal illness makes a fantastic, fun-filled irreverent backdrop for black comedy, exploding with comments on humankind's barbarian invasion of the planet.
  • The supervisory board of the Bulgarian National Bank was a straight jacket for the elite, which drained the financial system in a pagan and barbarian way.
Synonyms

Origin

Middle English (as an adjective used in a derogatory way to denote a person with different speech and customs): from Old French barbarien, from barbare, or from Latin barbarus (see barbarous).

Derivatives

barbarianism

noun
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  • If this barbarianism continues we will be compelled to defend the defenceless, and the best way of defence is to attack first.
  • We are endowed by our Creator with the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, and to the extent that we choose wrong, we yield to the evil and unholy forces of barbarianism.
  • The incident was neither a confrontation between nations nor one between civilization and barbarianism, but a fight between goodness and evil.

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