from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- transitive & intransitive verb To make or become crude, savage, or barbarous.
from The Century Dictionary.
- To speak or write like a barbarian or foreigner; use barbarisms in speech or writing.
- To become barbarous.
- To corrupt (language, art, etc.) by introducing impurities, or by departing from recognized classical standards.
- To render barbarous.
- Also spelled
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To make barbarous.
- intransitive verb To become barbarous.
- intransitive verb To adopt a foreign or barbarous mode of speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb to cause to become savage or uncultured
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb make crude or savage in behavior or speech
- verb become crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language
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Italian, or their native tongue; Pombal declaring, that the custom of speaking Latin was only "to teach them to barbarize."
This might tend to barbarize, demoralize, and exasperate the whole mass and produce most deplorable consequences.
"Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in."
The legions are barbarized and they barbarize the Emperor.
He never had a family to de-barbarize, even though he did write very pretty books about the subject.
George Meredith says a good thing in 'Diana of the Crossways': 'Before you can civilize a man, you must first de-barbarize him.'
Manners are what vex or soothe, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us by a constant, steady, uniform, invincible operation like that of the air we breathe.
Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine, by a constant, steady, uniform and insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.
The institution had been wiped out in New England, not by enfranchisement, but by sale to the people of the South, when no longer useful or valuable at home; and all the sin of slavery had followed the slave, to barbarize and degrade the people of the South.
A country which by its heroism and endurance, by its adherence to right and justice, by its noble refusal under every provocation to barbarize [sic] itself by imitating the outrages it has suffered, has won already a glorious name.