American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An act, trait, or custom characterized by ignorance or crudity.
- n. The use of words, forms, or expressions considered incorrect or unacceptable.
- n. A specific word, form, or expression so used.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An offense against purity of style or language; originally, the mixing of foreign words and phrases in Latin or Greek; hence, the use of words or forms not made according to the accepted usages of a language: limited by some modern writers on rhetoric to an offense against the accepted rules of derivation or inflection, as hisn or hern for his or her, gooses for geese, goodest for best, pled for pleaded, proven for proved.
- n. A word or form so used; an expression not made in accordance with the proper usages of a language.
- n. An uncivilized state or condition; want of civilization; rudeness of life resulting from ignorance or want of culture.
- n. An act of barbarity; an outrage.
- n. Synonyms Barbarism, Solecism, etc. See impropriety.
- n. In anthropology, the conditions of barbarian society. See barbarian, a., 5.
- n. A barbaric act.
- n. The condition of existing barbarically.
- n. An error in language use within a single word, such as a mispronunciation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An uncivilized state or condition; rudeness of manners; ignorance of arts, learning, and literature; barbarousness.
- n. A barbarous, cruel, or brutal action; an outrage.
- n. An offense against purity of style or language; any form of speech contrary to the pure idioms of a particular language. See Solecism.
- n. a brutal barbarous savage act
- Latin barbarismus, use of a foreign tongue or of one's own tongue amiss, barbarism, from Greek barbarismos, from barbarizein, to behave or speak like a barbarian, from barbaros, non-Greek, foreign (imitative of the sound of unintelligible speech). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I use the term barbarism in contradistinction to civilization, and very respectfully refer to authorities of repute in justification of this use of the word, both to designate the quality of the _thing_, and the precise locality of its fittest application; for although”
“ROMANS: He says that George Bush and the United States government are engaged in what he calls barbarism in Iraq.”
“Scarlet Plague, The (1912) The relapse of civilization into barbarism is a theme which, as those familiar with London's style will at once see, is admirably suited to his powers as a novelist.”
“Most religions began in barbarism and all have mostly grown up save one.”
“Answering crime with crime, or barbarism with barbarism, is neither in the definition nor even in the interest of States.”
“Such questions demand either simple and brutal answers (Yes, they should!) or an understanding that wars and other struggles must be historically differentiated — that participation may be an act of complicity in barbarism or an inevitability as occasioned by civil war, for example.”
“Will to power should not be confused with political power, which Nietzsche called barbarism (Kaufmann, "The Discovery of Will to Power," in Nietzsche: A Collection of Critical Essays, pp. 232-242).”
“The results of their barbarism is evident in the limited scope they are able to exercise it, but you are too blinded by your own mythology to put it in perspective.”
“Conan, representing barbarism, is either in conflict or competition with them.”
“The restless who will not follow any steady occupation - and this relic of barbarism is a great check to civilisation* – emigrate to newly-settled countries; where they prove useful pioneers.”
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