Definition of barbarian in English:
1(In ancient times) a member of a community or tribe not belonging to one of the great civilizations (Greek, Roman, Christian).
- 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.
- 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.
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1Of or relating to ancient barbarians: barbarian invasions barbarian peoples
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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.
- 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.
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