from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Primitive in culture and customs; uncivilized.
- adj. Lacking refinement or culture; coarse.
- adj. Characterized by savagery; very cruel. See Synonyms at cruel.
- adj. Marked by the use or occurrence of barbarisms in spoken or written language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not classical or pure.
- adj. uncivilized, uncultured
- adj. Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled with barbarians.
- adj. Foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste.
- adj. Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless.
- adj. Contrary to the pure idioms of a language.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Foreign; not classical or pure; abounding in barbarisms; of or pertaining to an illiterate people: applied to language, originally to languages which were not Greek or Latin. See barbarism.
- Speaking a foreign language; foreign; outlandish: applied to people. [Archaic.] See barbarian, n., 1.
- Characterized by or showing ignorance of arts and civilization; uncivilized; rude; wild; savage: as, barbarous peoples, nations, or countries; barbarous habits or customs.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of barbarians; adapted to the taste of barbarians; barbaric; of outlandish character.
- Cruel; ferocious; inhuman: as, barbarous treatment.
- Harsh-sounding, like the speech of barbarians: as, wild and barbarous music.
- Synonyms Barbarian, Barbarous, Barbaric (see barbarian); ruthless, brutal, fierce, bloody, savage, truculent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. primitive in customs and culture
- adj. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
From Latin barbarus, from Greek barbaros, non-Greek, foreign; see barbarism.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin barbarus ("foreigner, savage"), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, "foreign, strange"). (Wiktionary)