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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barbarism  \Bar"ba*rism\,  n.  [L.  barbarismus  Gr  ?;  cf  F. 
  barbarisme.] 
  1.  An  uncivilized  state  or  condition;  rudeness  of  manners; 
  ignorance  of  arts,  learning,  and  literature; 
  barbarousness.  --Prescott. 
 
  2.  A  barbarous,  cruel,  or  brutal  action  an  outrage. 
 
  A  heinous  barbarism  .  .  .  against  the  honor  of 
  marriage.  --Milton. 
 
  3.  An  offense  against  purity  of  style  or  language;  any  form 
  of  speech  contrary  to  the  pure  idioms  of  a  particular 
  language.  See  {Solecism}. 
 
  The  Greeks  were  the  first  that  branded  a  foreign 
  term  in  any  of  their  writers  with  the  odious  name  of 
  barbarism.  --G.  Campbell. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barbarism 
  n  :  a  brutal  barbarous  savage  act  [syn:  {brutality},  {barbarity}, 
  {savagery}] 




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