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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
|Sense 1||barbarous [BACK TO TOP]|
(of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering
a barbarous crime / brutal beatings / cruel tortures / Stalin's roughshod treatment of the kulaks / a savage slap / vicious kicks
inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)
|Sense 2||barbarous [BACK TO TOP]|
Primitive in customs and culture
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