Latin ( barbarus “ foreigner, savage ”), from Ancient Greek ( βάρβαρος barbaros, “ foreign, strange ”).
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barbarous ( comparative , more barbarous superlative ) most barbarous
( said of language ) Not classical or pure.
uncivilized, uncultured 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 4 October 2013, at 18:30