barbarous

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin barbarus (foreigner, savage), from Ancient Greek βάρβαρος (barbaros, foreign, strange).

Alternative formsEdit

  • (obsolete) barbarouse

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈbɑː(ɹ)bəɹəs/
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AdjectiveEdit

barbarous (comparative more barbarous, superlative most barbarous)

  1. (said of language) Not classical or pure.
  2. uncivilized, uncultured
  3. Like a barbarian, especially in sound; noisy, dissonant.
    I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs
    By the known rules of antient libertie,
    When strait a barbarous noise environs me
    Of Owles and Cuckoes, Asses, Apes and Doggs - I did but prompt the age to quit their cloggs, John Milton (1673)

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Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 00:53