(), 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 with barbarians; as, a barbarous people; a barbarous country.
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2. Foreign; adapted to a barbaric taste. [Obs.]
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Barbarous gold.
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3. Cruel; ferocious; inhuman; merciless.
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By their barbarous usage he died within a few days, to the grief of all that knew him.
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4. Contrary to the pure idioms of a language.
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A barbarous expression
G. Campbell.
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Syn. -- Uncivilized; unlettered; uncultivated; untutored; ignorant; merciless; brutal. See Ferocious.
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