Meaning of barbarous


Pronunciation: (bär'bur-us), [key]
— adj.
  1. uncivilized; wild; savage; crude.
  2. savagely cruel or harsh: The prisoners of war were given barbarous treatment.
  3. full of harsh sounds; noisy; discordant: an evening of wild and barbarous music.
  4. not conforming to classical standards or accepted usage, as language.
  5. foreign; alien.
  6. (among ancient Greeks) designating a person or thing of non-Greek origin.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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