barbarian /bɑːˈbɛːrɪən/


I. noun

1. (in ancient times) a member of a people not belonging to one of the great civilizations (Greek, Roman, Christian).

the city was besieged by the barbarians.
2. an uncultured or brutish person.

you arrogant barbarian!
II. adjective

1. relating to ancient barbarians

barbarian invasions.
2. uncultured; brutish.
III. derivatives


– origin Middle English (as an adjective used in a derogatory way to denote a person with different speech and customs): from Old French barbarien, from barbare, or from Latin barbarus (see barbarous).

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