Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • same as barbarize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language
  • v. make crude or savage in behavior or speech

Etymologies

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Examples

  • But we, who live remote from history and monuments, we must read or we must barbarise.

    The Rise of Silas Lapham

  • "Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarise or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in."

    The Potiphar Papers

  • I mean the German Doctor's Latin, who, apologising for false quantity in his pronunciation, said ` nos Ge~rmani non obse~rvamus quanti~tadem sylla~borum. 'the Yankee teachers who come among us barbarise the language in the same way.

    Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Dr. Thomas Cooper [1817].

  • * I mean the German Doctor's Latin, who, apologising for false quantity in his pronunciation, said ` Nos G é rmani non obs ‚ rvamus quant í talam syll á barum. 'they Yankee teachers who come among us barbarise the language in the same way.

    68 Letters to and from Jefferson, 1805-1817

  • They had met there that night, as he understood, to do honour to their principles as philanthropists and christians -- to express their earnest and unswerving belief in the great truth which spans like a rainbow the whole heavens of humanity -- "God hath made of one blood all nations of men" -- to assert their determination to recognise man as man all the world over, and to proclaim to the world that as Englishmen they have no sympathy with those who barbarise, oppress, and ill-treat humanity.

    The story of the life of John Anderson : the fugitive slave ed.

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