barbaric, barbarous

These words are closely related to each other and to such terms as barbarian, barbarism, and barbarity. Both barbaric and barbarous are adjectives meaning "uncivilized," "primitive," "without civilizing influences." Barbaric is occasionally used in a favorable sense to refer to those elements in a culture, such as vigor, ardor, and love of splendor, that the speaker or writer finds praiseworthy (a splendidly barbaric people). Barbarous is more often used to refer to the cruel and vicious customs and practices of uncivilized groups (the inhuman deeds of barbarous Huns).

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  • barbaric, barbarous —    Barbaric, properly used, emphasizes crudity and a lack of civilizing influence. A sharpened stick might be considered a barbaric implement of war. Barbarous stresses cruelty and harshness and usually contains at least a hint of moral… …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • barbarous — barbarian, barbaric, barbarous 1. These words had their origins in people s ideas about foreign languages. The Greek word barbaros, ‘barbarian’, which is the ultimate source of all these words, meant someone who spoke words sounding like ba ba.… …   Modern English usage

  • barbaric — barbarian, barbaric, barbarous 1. These words had their origins in people s ideas about foreign languages. The Greek word barbaros, ‘barbarian’, which is the ultimate source of all these words, meant someone who spoke words sounding like ba ba.… …   Modern English usage

  • barbaric — See barbaric, barbarous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • barbarous — See barbaric, barbarous …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • barbaric —  , barbarous  Barbaric, properly used, emphasizes crudity and a lack of civilizing influence. A sharpened stick might be considered a barbaric implement of war. Barbarous stresses cruelty and harshness and usually contains at least a hint of moral …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • Barbaric — Bar*bar ic (b[aum]r*b[a^]r [i^]k), a. [L. barbaricus foreign, barbaric, Gr. barbariko s.] 1. Of, or from, barbarian nations; foreign; often with reference to barbarous nations of east. Barbaric pearl and gold. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Of or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Barbarous — Bar ba*rous, a. [L. barbarus, Gr. ba rbaros, strange, foreign; later, slavish, rude, ignorant; akin to L. balbus stammering, Skr. barbara stammering, outlandish. Cf. {Brave}, a.] 1. Being in the state of a barbarian; uncivilized; rude; peopled… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barbaric — *barbarian, savage, barbarous Analogous words: *showy, ostentatious: florid, *ornate, flamboyant: *gaudy, garish, flashy, meretricious Antonyms: restrained: refined: subdued …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • barbarous — 1 savage, barbaric, *barbarian Analogous words: *rough, harsh: untutored, untaught, uneducated, illiterate, *ignorant: *rude, rough, crude Antonyms: civilized: humane 2 savage, inhuman, ferocious, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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