Definitions

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  • n. The quality or state of being half barbarous or uncivilized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being half barbarous or uncivilized.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being semibarbarous or half-civilized.

Etymologies

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semi- +‎ barbarism

Examples

  • Perched uneasily on top of this semibarbarism was Bucharest, a city that reached decadence before achieving enlightenment, and in which a thin, sickly intelligentsia wavered between contriving a futile nationalism and copying the latest styles of Parisian culture.

    Dangerous Acquaintances

  • If all the States had contributed as much as Massachusetts to the treasury and diffusion of knowledge, our whole country, North and South, would have been advanced a century, and this rebellion, based upon the ignorance, imperfect civilization, and semibarbarism produced by slavery, could never have occurred.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol 2, No 6, December 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy

  • Only an indefinite and sterile refinement of the existing environment is possible under such circumstances, and humanity stays stationary or sinks back into the semibarbarism of the middle ages.

    The Scientific Monthly, October-December 1915

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