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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barbarous  \Bar"ba*rous\,  a.  [L.  barbarus  Gr  ?,  strange, 
  foreign;  later  slavish,  rude,  ignorant;  akin  to  L.  balbus 
  stammering,  Skr.  barbara  stammering,  outlandish.  Cf  {Brave}, 
  a.] 
  1.  Being  in  the  state  of  a  barbarian;  uncivilized;  rude; 
  peopled  with  barbarians;  as  a  barbarous  people;  a 
  barbarous  country. 
 
  2.  Foreign;  adapted  to  a  barbaric  taste.  [Obs.] 
 
  Barbarous  gold.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  Cruel;  ferocious;  inhuman;  merciless. 
 
  By  their  barbarous  usage  he  died  within  a  few  days, 
  to  the  grief  of  all  that  knew  him  --Clarendon. 
 
  4.  Contrary  to  the  pure  idioms  of  a  language. 
 
  A  barbarous  expression  --G.  Campbell. 
 
  Syn:  Uncivilized;  unlettered;  uncultivated;  untutored; 
  ignorant;  merciless;  brutal.  See  {Ferocious}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barbarous 
  adj  1:  (of  persons  or  their  actions)  able  or  disposed  to  inflict 
  pain  or  suffering;  "a  barbarous  crime";  "brutal 
  beatings";  "cruel  tortures";  "Stalin's  roughshod 
  treatment  of  the  kulaks";  "a  savage  slap";  "vicious 
  kicks"  [syn:  {brutal},  {cruel},  {fell},  {roughshod},  {savage}, 
  {vicious}] 
  2:  primitive  in  customs  and  culture 




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