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BARBARIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does barbarian mean? 

BARBARIAN (noun)
  The noun BARBARIAN has 2 senses:

1. a member of an uncivilized people
2. a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

  Familiarity information: BARBARIAN used as a noun is rare.


BARBARIAN (adjective)
  The adjective BARBARIAN has 1 sense:

1. without civilizing influences

  Familiarity information: BARBARIAN used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BARBARIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

A member of an uncivilized people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

savage; barbarian

Hypernyms ("barbarian" is a kind of...):

primitive; primitive person (a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "barbarian"):

anthropophagite; anthropophagus; cannibal; man-eater (a person who eats human flesh)

head-shrinker; headhunter (a savage who cuts off and preserves the heads of enemies as trophies)

hunter-gatherer (a member of a hunting and gathering society)

Vandal (a member of the Germanic people who overran Gaul and Spain and North Africa and sacked Rome in 455)

Instance hyponyms:

Odoacer; Odovacar; Odovakar (Germanic barbarian leader who ended the western Roman Empire in 476 and became the first barbarian ruler of Italy (434-493))


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Meaning:

A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

boor; churl; Goth; tike; barbarian; tyke; peasant

Hypernyms ("barbarian" is a kind of...):

disagreeable person; unpleasant person (a person who is not pleasant or agreeable)


BARBARIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Without civilizing influences

Synonyms:

barbarian; barbaric; uncivilised; uncivilized; savage; wild

Context examples:

barbarian invaders / barbaric practices / a savage people / fighting is crude and uncivilized especially if the weapons are efficient / wild tribes

Similar:

noncivilised; noncivilized (not having a high state of culture and social development)


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