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Ancient GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

Onomatopoeic: from the perceived "βαρ-βαρ" ("bar-bar!") sounds incomprehensible to Ancient Greeks and spoken by foreigners..[1] In this sense, similar akin to modern English mocking phrase "blah blah".

PronunciationEdit

 

AdjectiveEdit

βάρβαρος (bárbarosm, f (neuter βάρβαρον); second declension

  1. non-Greek-speaking, foreign
    1. (in the plural) non-Greek peoples
      1. Medes or Persians
        • 430 BCE – 354 BCE, Xenophon, Anabasis 1.2.14
          καὶ λέγεται δεηθῆναι ἡ Κίλισσα Κύρου ἐπιδεῖξαι τὸ στράτευμα αὐτῇ: βουλόμενος οὖν ἐπιδεῖξαι ἐξέτασιν ποιεῖται ἐν τῷ πεδίῳ τῶν Ἑλλήνων καὶ τῶν βαρβάρων.
          And it is said that the Cilician [queen] asked Cyrus to show her his troops. So since he wanted to show them to her, he held a review of the Greeks and Persians in the field.
  2. barbaric, brutal, rude

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DescendantsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Babiniotis, Georgios (2008) Λεξικό της νέας ελληνικής γλώσσας [Modern Greek Dictionary], 3rd edition, Athens: Lexicology Centre

GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (bárbaros)

NounEdit

βάρβαρος (várvarosm (plural βάρβαροι)

  1. barbarian

DeclensionEdit

AdjectiveEdit

βάρβαρος (várvarosm (feminine βάρβαρη, neuter βάρβαρο)

  1. barbarous, barbaric, uncivilised

DeclensionEdit