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BARBAROUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does barbarous mean? 

BARBAROUS (adjective)
  The adjective BARBAROUS has 2 senses:

1. (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
2. primitive in customs and culture

  Familiarity information: BARBAROUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BARBAROUS (adjective)


Sense 1barbarous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

Synonyms:

barbarous; cruel; fell; savage; vicious; brutal; roughshod

Context examples:

a barbarous crime / brutal beatings / cruel tortures / Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks / a savage slap / vicious kicks

Similar:

inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)


Sense 2barbarous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Primitive in customs and culture

Similar:

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


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