Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Half barbarous; not fully civilised.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Half barbarous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Half-civilized.

Etymologies

semi- +‎ barbarous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nothing short of a semibarbarous public opinion would permit them to exist.

    Black and White

  • It has been the destiny of the government of the East India Company to suggest the true theory of the government of a semibarbarous dependency by a civilised country, and after having done this, to perish.

    Representative Government

  • The cattle-farms or _hatos_ of the Plains are owned, for the most part, by the Creole residents of the cities which dot their outskirts, but are inhabited only by the semibarbarous _hateros_, who attend to the few requirements of the stock, and slaughter the annual supply.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 16, February, 1859

  • Yet they should hardly surprise one among a semibarbarous nation, which does nothing like other peoples, and which deems itself authorised to place the censer in the hands of its monarch, and its monarch in the hands of the headsman.

    Court Memoirs of France Series — Complete

  • If then the civilised Greeks of Asia and Athens habitually sacrificed men whom they regarded as incarnate gods, there can be no inherent improbability in the supposition that at the dawn of history a similar custom was observed by the semibarbarous Latins in the Arician Grove.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • In our cities you'll find semibarbarous rawness side by side with splendor and art, and complicated machines run by men who haven't much regard for the fastidious niceties of civilization, though they're unexcelled in their engineering skill.

    Prescott of Saskatchewan

  • The Morning News in a trenchant leader pointed out the danger to which Western Canada was exposed from the presence of these semibarbarous peoples from

    The Foreigner A Tale of Saskatchewan

  • If then the civilised Greeks of Asia and Athens habitually sacrificed men whom they regarded as incarnate gods, there can be no inherent improbability in the supposition that at the dawn of history a similar custom was observed by the semibarbarous Latins in the

    The Golden Bough

  • The reason why Italy took the lead in the Renaissance was that Italy possessed a language, a favorable climate, political freedom, and commercial prosperity, at a time when other nations were still semibarbarous.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • The huge amphitheater, crowded with the well-dressed audience, was in itself a memorable spectacle, and as the sun went down, casting great shadows and oblique rays of light upon the gay assemblage, intent upon the fierce games of the picturesque performers in the arena, one unconsciously dreamed of the Colosseum and of the bloody sports of semibarbarous Rome.

    Maximilian in Mexico

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