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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]


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


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


inhumane (lacking and reflecting lack of pity or compassion)

Sense 2barbarous [BACK TO TOP]


Primitive in customs and culture


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

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